The “On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small Slave holding Households, 1815-1865” lecture will take place May 3 at Jackson County’s Historic Truman Courthouse Brady Courtroom, 2nd Floor, 112 W. Lexington Av., Independence. The lecture will be from 1 to 2 p.m., with a book signing beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Join author Diane Mutti Burke in a discussion on early slavery in Missouri based upon her books, “On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865” and “Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border” (co-authored with Jonathan Earle). Learn about the impact that slavery had on smaller households through a journey of both geography and scale. Book signing and optional historical building tour available afterward.

The City of Independence Tourism Department will also debut its, “African American Heritage Guide” highlighting sites connected to the history of the African-American community of Independence.