A Pirate in the Piedmont: On The Trail of Jean Laffite in North Carolina.
Dr. Ashley Oliphant is a retired English professor with twenty year of teaching experience in the college classroom that has included courses in freshman composition and American literature. She has authored five books, and is a recognized expert in subjects ranging from Ernest Hemingway to legendary pirates. Her latest work, Jean Lafitte Revealed, is co-authored with Beth Yarbrough. With a focus on historic structures throughout the southeast, Beth chronicles the architectural history and stories of the great houses from Texas to Virginia with fine art photography and print publishing.As a mother-daughter research team, Oliphant and Yarbrough uncover new evidence that sheds fascinating light on the true fate and secret later life of the legendary pirate. Jean Lafitte Revealed: Unraveling One of America’s Longest Running Mysteries was first published March 15, 2021 by University of Louisiana Lafayette Press. The book begins in 1805 and follows Lafitte’s life as a privateer on the Gulf Coast and the ensuing events that led to his disappearance in the Caribbean. What follows is research that picks up Lafitte’s story that no one knew about—until now. Did Lafitte end up in North Carolina? To find out more join us on June 16!
This event is free to the public with a suggested $5-$10 donation and is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment For The Humanities and North Carolina Humanities.