'Snow-Storm in August'

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'Snow-Storm in August'

Georgetown Book Club's August Selection

Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835In November 1829, newly freed former slave Beverly Snow and his wife, Julia, migrated from Lynchburg, Va. to the nation's capital -- then still called Washington City -- so that Snow could pursue his goal of setting up his own restaurant. Choosing the location for the relative safety it offered free people of color, Snow could not have known that, only six years later, he would lend his name to the first race riot ever to take place in his new home.

Named the "Snow-Storm" because of Snow's role in it, the riot and the involved circumstances and individuals -- including a near murder and "The Star-Spangled Banner" lyricist Francis Scott Key -- are explored by journalist Jefferson Morley in his 2012 nonfiction book, Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835.

Check out Snow-Storm in August and come discuss it with the Georgetown Book Club on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Copies are currently available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library -- and digital copies can be found on overdrive.dclibrary.org -- and everyone is welcome!

Questions? Email julia.strusienski@dc.gov or call the library at (202) 727-0232.
-- J. Strusienski