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Frederick Douglass Library celebrates Black History Month

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    The Hill
    Dr. Dale Glenwood Green identifies the area in Easton known as The Hill.

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (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 for a complete list of Black History Month events.   

    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580.