For more than two centuries men, women, and children escaped from slavery to make the Southern wilderness their home. They hid in the mountains of Virginia and the low swamps of South Carolina. Known as maroons, they lived on their own or set up communities in swamps or other areas where they were not likely to be discovered. Award-winning historian Sylviane A. Diouf discusses Slavery’s Exiles and how the American maroons reinvented themselves, defied slave society and enforced their own definition of freedom. A book signing follows the program.