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Hope and perseverance are the themes in Webber’s new book

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Anything but retiring, retired Episcopal priest Chris Webber will be traveling all this summer to promote his new book, “American to the Backbone.” Photo by Asher Pavel

SHARON — In 1827, at age 19, illiterate and scared, James Pennington escaped from slavery — and soon became one of the leading voices against slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War.

The life of this Yale-educated minister is chronicled in a new book, “American to the Backbone,” by the Rev. Christopher L. Webber, a Sharon resident.

Webber, who is happy to be called Chris, said he wanted to write about Pennington and his life as a way to inspire contemporary African-American teenagers and offer them a positive role model.

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