Friends of History Lecture Series with Dennis Herrick
Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America
When Pueblo Indians say, “The first white man we saw was a black man,” they are referring to Esteban, who came to New Mexico in 1539.
American history books have ignored Esteban or belittled his importance, often using his Spanish slave nickname, Estebanico. Dennis Herrick, author and lecturer emeritus of journalism at the University of New Mexico, will talk about his book that gives Esteban full credit for his courage and his skill as a linguist and cultural intermediary, and who was trusted and respected by Indians from many tribes across the continent.
Herrick is an author of 10 books and numerous short stories, many about the American Southwest and its Indian people.
Free event, but a $10 donation is suggested. Located at the Auditorium inside the New Mexico History Museum. Seating is limited. Bottled water only please.