UMES' Frederick Douglass Library
celebrates Black History Month
PRINCESS ANNE, MD -
|Dr. Dale Glenwood Green identifies the area in Easton
known as The Hill.
(Jan. 22, 2014)-
Delmarva may be home to the oldest settlement of free
African-Americans in the nation. Archeologists believe
The Hill in Easton dates back to 1790, proceeding New Orleans'
Tremé neighborhood (1812).
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Frederick Douglass
Library is hosting a lecture Feb. 20 by Dale Green, an architecture
and historic preservation professor at Morgan State University and
one of the lead investigators at the site in Talbot County.
Green's talk, "The Hill: Uncovered," touches on the community
found there, free blacks, early land ownership, genealogy, oral
history, archeology and African-American Methodism. The
lecture will be held in the Student Services Center Theater at UMES
at 5:30 p.m.
The university, as part of Black History Month events, will also
sponsor a lecture Feb. 19 by Dr. Gregory Hampton of Howard
University. The presentation, slated for 4 p.m. in the
school's library, is on the late Octavia Butler, an
African-American science fiction writer.
An exhibit at the Frederick Douglass Library, "Pomp and
Circumstance: From the Orators to the Regalia," opens
Feb. 10. Photographs and artifacts "remember those
commencement speakers of national prominence who have graced our
campus over the decades," said Jennifer Neumyer, the special
collections and outreach librarian at UMES.
Some of the most notable include Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr., Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Bishop
Desmond Tutu, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, entertainer Bill Cosby
and baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. The exhibit
is on display through May 9 and is free and open to the public
Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call 410-651-7696 for more information or visit www.umes.edu for a complete
list of Black History Month events.