2016 National Underground Railroad Conference Schedule
Into the light: Striving for Freedom and 'an equal chance in the Battle of Life'
Westin Hilton Head
2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928
Monday, June 13
tour registration and check-in
8:30-5:00 pmField Session:The Roots of Reconstruction and the
Development of Community (Mitchelville,
registration and Exhibit Hall set-up
Tuesday, June 14
9:00-11:30 amOpening Plenary Session:
Robert Stanton, former Director, National Park Service
Title: Dawn of Freedom: Mitchelville Then and Now
Benfante,"Identifying the Residents of Mitchelville and the Members of the 21st USCT"
Callahan,"The People of Mitchelville Project and Native Islander Roots"
Fields-Black, "Proving Ground for Freedom: The Civil War, Port Royal
Experiment, and the Transformation of Gullah/Geechee Identity"
from 10:15 –10:30)
The Legacy of
Descendant:Giselle White Perry
1:00 –2:30 pm
Concurrent Session 1:Surviving
in Place: Gullah Geechee Culture in the Transition
Moderator:J. Herman Blake
Gerald, "We Made a Way out of No-Way"
Campbell, "Learning to Be Gullah"
Herman Blake, "Gullah Geechee Culture:An Analytical Paradigm"
Session 2:In Pursuit of Justice:Two Veterans Families and the Experience
Ryan, "'Be all you seem to be, aim to be more than you seem to be':Chaplain Henry Vinton Plummer's Life in
Caudell, "House of Kellum Roll Call, Talbot County Maryland: A Cold War Vet
Confronts Slavery and Freedom"
2:45-3:45 pmKeynote Address:to be announced
4:00 -5:30 pm
Concurrent Session 3:Stepping into the Light: Emancipation and
Freedom at two
South Carolina Plantations
Hester, "An 'Irrepressible Conflict': The Struggle for Freedom on the Santee
Young, "Archaeological Perspectives on Slavery and Freedom at Hampton
Ohlandt, "'Forty Acres and a Mule':Educating Students about Emancipation"
Commentary by:Elizabeth Laney, "Stepping into the Light:
Expressions of Freedom at Redcliffe Plantation:
Session 4:Freedom Seekers by the
Numbers:A Data-Based Profile
6:30 - 8:30 pmBanquet
(program to be determined)
Moderator: Ryan Cox
Davis, "'By Any Means Necessary:' Methods of Escape used by Maryland Freedom
Huebner, "Faces of Freedom: The Demographics of Escape"
7:30 am –4:30 pmExhibit
7:30 –8:30 amContinental
Concurrent Session 5: Places of Freedom, Places of Refuge:Preserving and
Interpreting Pre-Civil War African
LaRoche, "Free Black Communities, the Underground Railroad and Archaeology"
Fuller Martin, "Linking the Past to the Present: Preserving New Philadelphia"
Amakawa, "Augmented Reality: Using Technology to Bring New Philadelphia Back to
Concurrent Session 6:Dare to Resist: Individuals and the Power of Conviction
Oertel, "General Tubman: Harriet Tubman and the Combahee River Raid"
Maia Thomas, "Don't Give Up the Land or the Vote! That Troublemaker Aaron
S. Barker, "From Slave to Citizen: Anthony Burns's Journey from Antebellum
Virginia to Canada West"
Concurrent Session 7: "They Learn Very Fast":Education As A Tool of Empowerment
Krawitz, "'I Ask No Other Reward . . Than to Feel I Have Been Of Service To My
Fellow Men': The Underground Railroad and South Carolina Service of the Hunn
Family of Delaware"
Herrin and Lauren Hughes,'"They Learn
Very Fast': Freedmen's Bureau Schools in the Upper South"
Purnell, "Finding My Eagle: The Actualization of Freedom for Descendants of
Underground Railroad Activists"
Session 8: Against the Odds:Independent Women Claiming Space in
a White Man's World
Ann Whittico, "The Missouri Freedom Suits, Motherhood, and the Lengths and
Limits of Justice"
Lenahan, "Polly Bryant: Intersections of Race, Gender &'Hospitality'"
1:15 pm -2:15 pmFour
Corners:An Opportunity for Informal
·Organizational Empowerment &Funding
·Preservation: Bricks and Mortar
·Telling the Story,Heritage Tourism
Developing the Underground
Railroad and Harriet Tubman on the Land
Ross, Assistant Director for Tourism Development, Maryland
Paterra, Park Manager, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park, Maryland
Parker, Superintendent, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument
and Historical Park
·Telling the Story, Interpretation: Programs and
2:30 - 3:30 pmKeynote:to be announced
Concurrent Session 9: Uncovering History:Archeology, Interpretation, and Filling
the Gaps in the Documentary Record
Poplin, "Sharing the Past with the Public through CRM: An Example from A
Butler, "The Port Royal Experiment- Archaeological Investigations at
Concurrent Session 10: No Place Like Home:Living Freedom in African American
Tucker, "Living Freedom in Ramptown, A Unique Settlement of Free and Freedom
Seeking African Americans in Pre and Post-Civil War Michigan"
Robinson, "The Story of Solomon Day: From Southampton, Virginia, to Logan
Pratt, "Carmichael African Village, Bahamas"
7:00 pm –9:00 pmThe
Underground Railroad in Popular Culture, a Discussion
7:30 -8:00 amConference
tour registration and check-in
8:00 –5:00 pmField Session:Land of Escapes, Freedom and Community:Savannah, Georgia