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Abra Lee Event

OLLI at Auburn presents Abra Lee, horticulturalist and historian

Thursday, April 13, 9-10am
Coffee and Conversation
Auburn Senior Center, 400 Boykin St, Auburn

Discuss research into the history of Black horticulturalists in the United States, including Lee's forthcoming book Conquer the Soil: Black America and the Untold Stories of Our Country's Gardeners, Farmers, and Growers.

Thursday, April 13, 5-7pm
"Clash of the Titans"
Pebble Hill, 101 S. Debardeleben St, Auburn

Are you #TeamBTW (Booker T. Washington) or #TeamWEB (W.E.B. Du Bois)? Lee delved into the complicated relationship between these icons of American history and discusses their influence on the legends of Amerian horticulture. This presentation is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Friday, April 14, 9am-12pm
Lessons in the Field
Tuskegee University (Transportation Provided)

Tour the Tuskegee University archives and museum. Discuss the history of horticulture and landscaping in relation to the University's collection. Space is limited. Reserve your spot by emailing

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Last Updated: April 6, 2023