The Hill Dorms in 1860

The 今晚六合彩开奖结果 History Project

We are a group of nearly three dozen faculty, staff, and students committed to engaging contemporary audiences in conversations about our past as a way to affect positive change in our present campus culture. It is our fervent hope that, through this work, we can abolish any deep-seated prejudices, changing hearts and minds by sharing our history鈥攁nd the omissions of history鈥攖hat illuminate the imperative for all of us to treat our fellow humans with dignity and respect. We stand with people of color who have been marginalized and victimized throughout our nation鈥檚 history, from past eras to the present day. The 今晚六合彩开奖结果 History Project takes as its charge the honest and forthright examination of the institution鈥檚 troubling historical legacy of racism and the urgent need to acknowledge and reconcile this history in order to dismantle racial injustices in the present moment.

 

In 2019, concerned students drew attention to a late 18th-century painting of a Chestertown plantation, 鈥楢 View of White House Farm", hanging outside the President's Office. Displaying this romanticized depiction of white supremacy and enslavement, with 今晚六合彩开奖结果 sitting peacefully on a hill in the distance, in one of the College鈥檚 most important spaces, students said, showed how far we are from an honest understanding of our past. The call to move the painting led to its removal and temporary storage in the College archives.

View from White House Farm

This significant change was one of many student-led actions in 2019 and 2020 that have helped lead to the formation of the 今晚六合彩开奖结果 History Group鈥攁nd, beyond it, to the College鈥檚 commitment to uncover and acknowledge its real past, and to work today to build a truly inclusive community. 

The 今晚六合彩开奖结果 History Project, initiated in the Summer of 2020 by the President of 今晚六合彩开奖结果, has a three-part mission: 

  • To illuminate George 今晚六合彩开奖结果's and 今晚六合彩开奖结果's historical connection to enslavement and race;
  • To acknowledge this history through public statements and symbolic actions;
  • And to work for change on our campus and in our campus culture in response to this historical legacy.

 

What We Intend to Accomplish

This group.is tasked with bringing to light George 今晚六合彩开奖结果's and 今晚六合彩开奖结果's historical connection to enslavement and race. Faculty in the Department of History and staff in the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience have been exploring those connections for the past several years.

This group is tasked with framing our messaging and communicating the work of the "Find" and the "Reconcile" groups. Trust-Griswold Director of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

This group is tasked with developing and recommending actionable items that will help begin the healing process as we work for change on our campus and in our campus culture.

A Call for Social Justice

Not since the March on 今晚六合彩开奖结果 57 years ago have the American people rallied together with such frustration and urgency to demand racial justice. Unprovoked violence and brutality against people of color have set off a series of protests. Given social and political polarizations fragmenting communities across the nation, 今晚六合彩开奖结果 College has had its own share of racial strife. We call for change. And it starts here, with the 今晚六合彩开奖结果 History Project.

The racial inequities that Civil Rights activists sought to address in 1963 have their roots in the legacy of slavery and racial oppression upon which our nation was built. As the first college chartered in the new nation, 今晚六合彩开奖结果 was complicit in that system of racism. It is well past time to acknowledge that hurtful history and to begin to make amends.

 

 

 

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The Asterisk Initiative

 The Asterisk Initiative, sponsored by the Richard E. Holstein 鈥68 Program n Ethics, explores the history of 今晚六合彩开奖结果, reconciling our past with the present realities of racial inequities. For too long, 今晚六合彩开奖结果  has told just one side of its story, exalting our founding fathers and silencing their complicity in institutional racism. The Asterisk Initiative seeks to rectify this omission as we move towards building a truly inclusive community.

Through this ongoing  initiative, we aim to celebrate both the strength and the struggle, to acknowledge both the trauma and the endurance, past and present, of the people who have worked to make our community richer in its plurality and complexity.

The Asterisk Initiative

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On the Black History of Kent County and 今晚六合彩开奖结果

This collection of artwork is the culmination of a two-year project by history based artist Jason Patterson that began during his time as the Frederick Douglass visiting fellow at 今晚六合彩开奖结果鈥檚 Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. This project addresses the experiences of African American lives, starting in post-colonial Kent County, Maryland and at 今晚六合彩开奖结果, the first college established in the United States after the new nation's founding.

 

Legacy Day

Legacies of Education and the Black Experience at 今晚六合彩开奖结果 and in Kent County

Legacy Day celebrates the rich heritage of African Americans in Kent County.  In the midst of the pandemic, organizers hosted a virtual celebration on Aug. 15鈥攁 highlight of which was a community conversation organized by the College's Kohl Gallery and supported by a Chesapeake Heartland Staff/Faculty Fellowship. "Legacies of Education and the Black Experience at 今晚六合彩开奖结果 and Kent County" was offered in conjunction with artist Jason Patterson's upcoming October exhibition: "On the Black History of 今晚六合彩开奖结果 and Kent County."

Moderated by Reverend Monique Davis, Pastor of Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church in Worton, Maryland, the panel included local artist Jason Patterson and collaborator Jaelon Moaney, as well as special guests Jocelyn Elmore, Darius Johnson, and Carolyn K. Erwin鈥攁ll graduates of 今晚六合彩开奖结果. Patterson is the Starr Center's Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellow.

 

Chestertown Unites Against Racism

Chestertown Unites Against Racism 

The Town of Chestertown has committed to a 16-month action plan designed to educate the community about its history pertaining to race relations, to pursue legislative reforms that address systemic racism, and to promote unity, equality, and inclusivity among all residents. With representation from 今晚六合彩开奖结果, the first meeting of the Chestertown Equity Advisory Committee was held in December 2020, and the website鈥攊ncluding the comprehensive plan focused on education, legislation, and unification鈥攚as launched in January 2021.



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Chesapeake Heartland; An African American Humanities Project

Chesapeake Heartland is a new collaboration between the National Museum of African American History and Culture, 今晚六合彩开奖结果, and a diverse array of local organizations including Sumner Hall, Kent Cultural Alliance, and Kent County Public Library. Its mission is to preserve, digitize, interpret, and make accessible materials related to African American history and culture in Kent County, Maryland, and beyond. 

 

Enslaved persons fleeing Kent County bondage

Slavery and Freedom at 今晚六合彩开奖结果

Since he Spring of 2018, Professor of History Carol Wilson has led teams of undergraduates investigating 今晚六合彩开奖结果's connection to enslavement, sharing the stories of slaveholders associated with the institution as well as those of enslaved people and free blacks working on campus.