The Stearns History Museum and St. Cloud State University (SCSU) are co-sponsoring author Walt Bachman for a presentation, discussion, and reception at SCSU on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.
Bachman, author of “Northern Slave, Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey, “will share his ground-breaking research documenting how the U.S. Army pay system rewarded military officers for using enslaved people as servants in “free” states and territories. These policies and practices brought slavery to Minnesota and shaped Joseph Godfrey’s extraordinary life story.
Godfrey grew up in bondage serving Minnesota’s fur-trade elite and, as a fugitive from Minnesota slavery, was conscripted to join warriors in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.
The event will be at St. Cloud State University’s Voyageur’s Room in the Atwood Memorial Center.. Copies of “Northern Slave, Black Dakota” will be available for sale and signing by the author. The event is free and open to the public.
Bachman is a historian and a former trial lawyer whose family name is well known in the Twin Cities. Bachman’s research into his family history led him to author the book, published in March 2013 by Pond Dakota Press, a division of the Pond Dakota Heritage Society.