Free & Enslaved: A Spectrum of 19th Century African American Life
with Dale Green Ph.D. and Heather Andrea Williams Ph.D.
Throughout antebellum history, free and enslaved African Americans often worked and lived in proximity to each other, including marrying and raising families together. This lecture presents the history of 19th-century African American life within both communities. Dr. Green shares the story of Talbot County’s free black community known as “The Hill," believed to be one of the oldest in the Mid-Atlantic region. Historian Heather Andrea Williams shares research from her book Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery. This event is co-sponsored with the Baltimore Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. A book signing follows the lecture.
Dr. Dale Green is an assistant professor specializing in historic preservation at the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University. Dr. Heather A. Williams is the Presidential Term Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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