Austin Reed

Austin Reed was born in Rochester, New York, in 1823. He wrote this memoir around 1858–59, during his incarceration in Auburn State Prison. The date of his death is unknown.

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Author: Caleb Smith, David W. Blight, Robert B. Stepto and Austin Reed | Narrator: Dominic Hoffman
Release Date: January 26, 2016
The earliest known prison memoir by an African American writer—recently discovered and authenticated by a team of Yale scholars—sheds light on the longstanding connection between race and incarceration in America. In 2009, scholars at Yal...