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Toni Morrison Won the Pulitzer Prize, BOMA Minute

On this day…March 31, 1988 - Toni Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for the novel ‘Beloved.’ The manuscript, set just after the Civil War, was inspired by the real-life story of Margaret Garner who escaped slavery in Kentucky to the free state of Ohio. However, the Fugitive Slave Act allowed slave hunters to cross state lines and retrieve slave holders property. But rather than return to the miserable state of slavery, she killed her two year old daughter.

The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988, was a finalist for the 1987 National Book Award and it was adapted into a screen play starring Oprah Winfrey in 1998. This is has been a Breath of My Ancestors Minute-brought to you by the Institute of Radical Reconciliation-We Must Never Forget


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