Sotterley Presents: People and Perspectives – “Power in the Tongue” with Caitlyn Hunter

Historic Sotterley’s first Sotterley Presents: People & Perspectives of 2024 welcomes Caitlyn Hunter to speak about her book, Power in the Tongue, which fuses history and folktales to show Black perseverance across centuries. Her book is a hybrid of memoir and fiction which digs into the history of herself and that of her audience to show that the stories we tell are just as important as the facts. This event will be virtual, so you can attend from anywhere.


Caitlyn Hunter was the inaugural Emerging Black Artist in Residence at Chatham University (2021-2022). She is a doctoral candidate at Duquesne University where she researches African American literature and Black Food studies. She is currently writing both a collection of short stories and a culinary memoir around her maternal ancestry. Her first book, Power in the Tongue (Tolsun Books) debuted in 2022. Her work appears in Midnight & Indigo, Lost Balloon, and elsewhere. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the College of Southern Maryland.


This is the first of many Sotterley Presents: People & Perspectives events this year. Keep an eye on our events calendar at for details on future speakers, including other authors, photographers, Sotterley Descendants, and more.


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required and can be found at Historic Sotterley’s website at If you can’t make the date of the event, sign up anyways! A recording of the event will be sent to your email.




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About Historic Sotterley


A National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO Site of Memory for the Routes of Enslaved Peoples, Sotterley is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the United States, with a history dating back to the turn of the 18th Century. Through the preservation of the site’s historic structures and natural environment and the use of powerful stories to educate and bring American history to life, the organization strives to foster a better understanding of our world today by providing a living link to America’s complex history and legacy of slavery.


About Sotterley Presents: People and Perspectives


Sotterley Presents: People and Perspectives is a monthly speaker series in which Historic Sotterley invites experts in a variety of fields to share their research and experiences with our community. We aim to find professionals from a wide array of topics, including those who align with our Common Ground Initiative and our environmental efforts.