Confronting Slavery Conference

Friday April 13, 2007
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Goucher College


Confronting Slavery: Scholarship and Interpretation in the 21st Century
will bring scholars together with those who interpret slavery and the general public so that they may share experiences and learn new techniques. Furthermore, we want to uncover the issues public historians have faced when addressing slavery and how their work has been received by others. We also hope to address broader questions of how and why dealing with slavery through public history is important and why slavery is often such a difficult topic for public historians to present. We hope to accomplish the goals through presentations by scholars, costumed interpretation and public history professionals.


Schedule of Events

Merrick Lecture Hall

Keynote Address: The Challenge of Interpreting Slavery in Museums
Lonnie Bunch III
NationalMuseum of African-American History

‘Mammy Ain’t Nobody’s Name’: The Subject of Mammy Revisited in the Neoslave Narrative
Dr. Angelo Robinson

The Intersection Between Slavery and Freedom in Ante-bellum Baltimore
Dr. Bettye Gardner
Coppin StateUniversity

Landscapes of the Flight and Refuge: Above Ground on the Underground Railroad
Dr. John Vlach
The GeorgeWashingtonUniversity

Interpreting the Material Culture of Slavery in Museums
Dr. Ywone Edwards-Ingram
Colonial Williamsburg

Interpreting African-American Religion of the Colonial Era
James Ingram
Colonial Williamsburg

Little Bits: Chattel Children in Early 19th Century Baltimore
Dr. Dianne Swann-Wright
Douglass-Myers Maritime Museum

NPS Network to Freedom Program
Sheri Jackson
National Park Service



  • National Park Service
  • Goucher College
  • Historic Hampton Inc.
  • Maryland Humanities Council
  • Maryland Office of Tourism
  • National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom


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