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NC Women of the Underground Railroad Symposium

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Museum of the Albemarle

501 South Water Street

Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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North Carolina Women of the Underground Railroad


October 5-7, 2017

Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Day One, October 5, 2017 A Focus on Women

8:00 AM-9:00 AM Registration, coffee and light breakfast

9:00 AM Welcome Remarks by Dr. Conway introduced by Dr. Ben Speller.

Introduction by Dr. Jeffrey Crow, former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

9:15 AM Kate Clifford Larson: “The Geographies of Harriet Tubman Journeys on the Underground Railroad”

Kate Clifford Larson is an American historian and Harriet Tubman scholar. Her 2003 biography of Harriet Tubman, “Bound for the Promised Land” was one of the first non-juvenile Tubman biographies published in six decades. Larson is the consultant for the Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study of the National Park Service and serves on the advisory board of the Historic Context on the Underground Railroad in Delaware, Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware.

10:00 AM Q & A

10:15 AM – Break

Introduction by Dr. Freddie Parker, former professor of history at North Carolina Central University.

10:30 AM Greg Hecimovich: “The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman’s Narrative.”

The research Greg Hecimovich has conducted on Hannah Crafts has garnered front-page attention in The New York Times, a review essay in The New Republic, and support from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2014-2015, Hecimovich was a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the W E. B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. In 2015-2016, he was the Josephus Daniels Fellow at The National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Additionally, in 2015-2016, he held a Public Scholar Fellowship appointment from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

11:15 AM Q & A

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch on your own

Introduction by Dr. Glen Bowman, professor of history and director of international programs at Elizabeth City State University.

1:00 PM Mary Maillard : “Conductors and Passengers: Harriett Jacobs’ Underground Railroad”

Mary Maillard is a documentary editor. She is currently working on a two-volume edition of the Skinner Family Papers, housed at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and the Annie Wood Webb Papers, a private collection of mid-to-late nineteenth century family papers. She received a 2013 Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Fellowship in African American History from the Library Company of Philadelphia for research on “The Letters of Louisa Jacobs to Eugenie Webb, 1879-1911.”

1:45 PM Q&A

2:00 PM Roundtable discussion led by Dr. Freddie Parker with Wanda McLean and Dr. Jeffrey Crow on the dominate role of women in the Underground Railroad.

3:00 PM Symposium ends for the day

Evening lecture at MOA (separate registration/ticket see event for evening lecture with Dr. Rex M. Ellis - Evening lecture is free, however, separate registration is required.)

“Interpreting the Underground Railroad from a National Perspective” Dr. Rex M. Ellis, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution

6:00 PM Drinks and buffet dinner on the portico

Introduction by William J. McCrea, Director of Regional Museums.

7:00 PM Smithsonian curator, Dr. Rex M. Ellis, speaks in auditorium followed by questions

8:00 PM lecture concludes

Day Two, October 6, 2017 New Scholarship

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Coffee and light breakfast

9:00 AM Dr. Jeffrey Crow –provides an overview of new scholarship and what remains to be done

Introduction by Dr. Glen Bowman

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Ms. Christy Davenport, “Rethinking the Underground Railroad: Marron Communities in the Great Dismal Swamp”

Ms. Davenport is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Mississippi State University

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Presentations by Elizabeth City State University history students with panel displays on view at the museum.

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM Lunch on your own

1:30 PM Roundtable discussion led by Michele Lanier, Dr. Charles Reed and Dr. Gary Bowman on subjects of new scholarship presented

2:30 PM Symposium ends for the day

Day Three, October 7, 2017 Local Tours (Self-directed)

Tours: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Dismal Swamp, Historic Murfreesboro, Edenton, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City waterfront, and other locations. Please refer to brochure in your registration packet.

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