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Differing Historical Perspectives on Slavery in MD and DC---Black History Month

Event Type: Special Event
Age Group(s): Adult, Seniors, Teens
Date: 2/23/2019
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description:
 Differing Historical Perspectives on Slavery in Maryland and the District of Columbia:
The word “slavery” brings up a mental image of the “peculiar institution” as it existed in the Deep South right before the Civil War. Slavery in the Washington area was different. It began the same – in the late 1600s, Ninian Beall’s tobacco plantation occupied the land where the White House is today – but it soon changed.

After tobacco wore out the land, slavery made less sense, and it was hard to enforce with an increasingly diverse capital of the United States. By the time of the Civil War, Washington, D.C. still had slaves, but they lived among a population of free African Americans.

Author James H. Johnston will discuss the differing perspectives on slavery that emerge from his two books, The Recollections of Margaret Loughborough, about a daughter of the Old Dominion of Virginia, and From Slave Ship to Harvard, which follows six generations of an African American family in Maryland.

Join us for this special lecture and PowerPoint presentation in honor and celebration of Black History Month.
Library: Rockville Memorial    Map
Location: Meeting Room #1
Contact: Rockville Memorial Library Information Desk
Contact Number: 240-777-0140
Presenter: Montgomery Historical Society---James H. Johnston