Professor Marcus Rediker

Professor Marcus Rediker will deliver an illustrated lecture on Benjamin Lay (1682-1759), who worshiped at the Quaker Meeting House in Abington. Lay was zealous abolitionist in a time when Quakers still owned slaves, a radical who was repeatedly disowned by Quakers for his views on slavery and “false ministers.”  He opposed the death penalty, and refused to use any item made with slave labor. Professor Rediker’s lecture will offer a reassessment [and discussion?] of Lay’s place in history.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., in the John Barnes Room of Abington Monthly Meeting House, The event is expected to be well-attended; we suggest you arrive early for best seating. For more information, contact meeting secretary Loretta Fox at

Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. He is author of nine books, his most recent being Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail (Beacon Press, 2014). He also produced Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, a film documentary about how the Amistad slave ship rebellion of 1839 is remembered in contemporary Sierra Leone.

For further information on the radical life of Benjamin Lay visit: Quakers in the World