Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware (URCD) Upcoming Events

1. Monday, August 27, 2012: Syl Woolford on “US Colored Troops in the Civil War.” URCD Quarterly Public Program, Seaford Public Library, 600 Market Street Extended. Free and open, no reservations necessary. Flier is attached; please share and bring a friend. Near the Ross Plantation, so plan a dual visit (call 302-628-9500).
2. Tubman Centennial 2013: If you would like to be involved in planning some meaningful events and programs for the upcoming commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman, please email a reply an we will inform you of meetings. If your organization already has related events on the calendar, let us know so we can help to promote them.
3. Public Program topics wanted – If you have ideas for presentations by local researchers for our regular program calendar (UGRR history and closely related topics), please send your ideas. The Board (and you, the attendees!) prefer programs offered freely, so keep that in mind! Reply to this email or call 302-576-3107.
4. BECOME A URCD MEMBER and help us to expand our ability to present UGRR history to the public! Print and mail the attached membership form, or call 302-576-3107 and a form can be mailed to you.
1. August 18, 19 and 21, 2012, New Castle Courthouse Museum (DHCA), Delaware Street, New Castle: Dramatic Play about Thomas Garrett & John Hunn Trial in 1848: “Sign of the Times” by Colin Toomey, explores the story of Emeline Hawkins and her family’s quest for freedom. Audience members will have an opportunity to participate in the play by speaking with the characters, asking questions and, in some cases, serving on the jury where they will be mixed-in with the actors. Supported by the Delaware Humanities Forum. Come and learn about the story while sitting in the room where the trial took place. Call 302-323-4453 for reservations.
2. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, from 10 a.m. to Noon, the John Dickinson Plantation, located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, Del., will host the workshop "In Order to Prevent a Continuance of Slavery." The program will utilize primary-source materials such as manumission documents, bills of sale and family information to help illuminate the lives of slaves who lived and worked on the plantation and its surrounding region known as St. Jones Neck. The plantation will also be open for visitation and tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the workshop is free and open to the public but, due to seating limitations, reservations must be made by calling 302-739-3277 no later than Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
3. August 23, 2012, Baltimore: Group Selects Baltimore as First of Many Ports to Commemorate
Transatlantic Middle Passage: After years of planning, the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) selected Baltimore’s Fells Point Harbor for a commemoration of Africans who perished in the Middle Passage from Africa to the New World. The August 23, 2012 ceremony shares the date with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of Its Abolition. Two events are planned at Fells Point’s Broadway Pier on August 23: one at dawn (6:00 am) and the other at dusk (7:15 pm). These events will provide an opportunity for individuals and families to offer tribute to their ancestors by offering libation, drumming, prayer, and calling the names of the deceased silently or out loud according to the preference of participants. Information: Shauntee Daniels 410-878-6411; sdaniels@baltimoreheritagearea.org; www.middlepassageproject.org
4. Saturday, September 15, 2012, 10:00am-3:30pm: Introductory Workshop on African American Genealogy, Delaware History Center, Wilmington. Free, but reservation required. Co-sponsored by The Center for African American Heritage at the Delaware Historical Society, and the Delaware Genealogical Society. Call 302-655-7161 or visit http://www.hsd.org/Programs/AAGenealogy_12/African%20American%20Genealogy_2012.htm
5. African American Cemetery Research Tool: Saving Hallowed Ground, http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/grandreview/category/hallowed-grounds/

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