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Conference Schedule

  Tentative Program

(Subject To Change)

Wednesday, June 19

8:00 am-8:30 am


Conference Tour Registration and Check-In

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Conference Tour 1: Fighting for Freedom

This tour will include visits to sites associated with the 1st Kansas, the first African American regiment to engage in combat during the Civil War. Sites to be visited on the tour include visits to Poison Springs and Jenkins Ferry battles in which the regiment fought, and Pine Bluff where the regiment was mustered out. The tour will also explore how the fight for freedom continued after the Civil War as African Americans sought education, economic, and social opportunities that were essential to their quest for self-determination.


2:00 pm-5:30 pm


Conference Registraton

5:45 pm


Tour of Central High School NHS

6:30 pm -8:30 pm


Opening Welcome Reception at Central High School NHS

2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock Arkansas 72202 

Thursday, June 20


8:00 am


Conference Registration

8:00 am-6:30 pm


Exhibit Hall

8:00 am-9:00 am


Continental Breakfast (Exhibit Hall)

9:00 am-10:15 am


Opening Convocation and Keynote Address by Thavolia Glymph, PhD, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University

10:15 am-10:30 am



10:30 am-12:00 pm


Concurrent Session 1 - At the Crossroads: Slavery and Freedom in Arkansas

Concurrent Session 2- The Fight for Freedom: The Underground Railroad as Rehearsal for War

12:15 am-1:45 pm


Luncheon and Keynote Address by  Matthew Pinsker, PhD, Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History at Dickinson College

2:00 pm-3:30 pm


Concurrent Session 3- Crossing the Picket: Claiming Freedom in the Northwest Mississippi Region

Concurrent Session 4- Digging for Freedom: Uncovering Sites of Resistance

3:30 pm-3:45 pm




3:45 pm-5:15 pm


Concurrent Session 5- On the Record: Documenting the Struggle for Freedom

Concurrent Session 6- Routes to Freedom: The Military Goes Underground

5:15 pm-5:30 pm


Pre-Banquet Reception (Exhibit Hall)

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm



Banquet Celebration

Friday, June 21


8:00 am


Conference Registration


7:30 am-4:30 pm


Exhibit Hall

8:00 am-9:00 am


Continental Breakfast (Exhibit Hall)


9:00 am-10:30 am


Concurrent Session 7- Anything But Civil: The UGRR as Conflict Between the States

Concurrent Session 8- Teaching Freedom: Primary Sources as Tools for Educators

10:45 am-11:45 am


Kenynote Address by James Down, PhD, Associate   Professor  of History at Connecticut College    

12:00 pm-1:00 pm




1:15 pm-2:45 pm


Plenary Session- From Contrabands to Freedmen: African American Community Formation During the Civil War


2:45 pm-3:00 pm



3:00 pm-4:30 pm


Closing Convocation

5:30 pm-8:30 pm


Explore Little Rock Trolley Tour

Saturday, June 22

7:30 am-8:00 am  


Conference Tour Registration and Check-In 

8:00 am-9:00 pm


Conference Tour 2: The Arkansas Delta

The tour will explore the history and culture of the Arkansas Delta with a visit to Helena, Arkansas. Participants will have the day to explore 25 interpretive sites that collectively tell the story of Helena during the Civil War. Blues music enthusiasts can also explore the area's rich music heritage by standing at the Devil's Crossroads and visiting the Delta Cultural Center.