It’s A Finalist for the High Plains Book Award for Nonfiction!

As if that were not exciting enough, here’s even more wonderful news:

Melbourne Garber, Merriman-Labor’s great nephew, is coming to Montana!

He and I will be having a discussion at This House of Book on October 12 about Merriman-Labor, Krio culture, Freetown, Sierra Leone, and the African diaspora.

Yes, right here in Billings, Montana!

Danell Jones and Melbourne Garber in Conversation

Saturday, October 12
12:00 noon
This House of Books
224 N Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

This event is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.

Mel is a structural engineer who was born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone and educated in England. He currently works as the Director of Building for Gedeon GRC Consulting, New York. During his distinguished career, he has been involved with a number of notable projects including the British Library in London; the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey; the African Burial Ground National Monument and the United Nations Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in New York City.

Melbourne Garber
Melbourne Garber

After the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center on 9/11, Garber was among the first group of engineers to assist with search and rescue operations.

He is actively involved in the Krio community and serves as the Historical Archivist of the Krio Descendants Union Global Leadership. He is also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Sierra Leone Studies.

A passionate advocate for the preservation of Sierra Leone’s historical sites and artifacts, he is currently involved in efforts to preserve the Bunce Island Slave Castle.

Please join us at noon, October 12, at This House of Books for a fascinating discussion!

A conversation with Melbourne Garber is an event not to be missed!