The Alexandria Black History Museum Presents:
Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure
Author and historian Susan Benjamin discusses candy’s incredible history, moving from its origins up to the modern era of mass-production. The story of candy is also intertwined with African American history via the sugar cane industry—infamous for its widespread use of enslaved labor and horrific working conditions. Benjamin further relates the abolitionist movement’s efforts to undermine sugar cane production and candy’s use as both a medicine and a treat during the Civil War.
Susan Benjamin is the founder of True Treats Candy, the nation’s only historic candy company. The author of nine books, Benjamin is also a journalist, former college professor and radio show host, and a member of the Culinary Historians of Washington.
Lecture, tasting, treat bag, and book signing
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 11 a.m.
Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Reservations Encouraged: (703) 746-4356
The Alexandria Black History Museum is located five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue Lines. Street parking is available.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 703.746.4356,Virginia Relay 711.
Images from True Treats Candy