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Common Ground and Speakers Series: A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War by William G. Thomas III
March 3 @ 7:00 pm
William G. Thomas III
Professor at the University of Nebraska
A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Thomas explores the enslaved families of Prince George’s County Maryland who filed lawsuits against their slaveowners, from Jesuit priests who founded Georgetown University, to other large plantation owners from 1887 to 1861. Many found freedom through these legal actions and were defended by unlikely lawyers to include Francis Scott Key. A relevant and timely story that reveals the healing power of justice that transcends from the past to the present day. Thomas is the John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Nebraska. A webinar is part of Sotterley’s Common Ground Initiative: Transcending Barriers Toward Healing, and Sotterley’s 14th Annual Speaker Series.
FREE WEBINAR for the public – Advance registration required.
This year’s speaker series will be offered virtually. Links will be available the week of the event. Stay tuned for updated hosting information.