Common Ground

Established in 2018, Historic Sotterley's Common Ground initiative, is more than a program, it is a mindset and spirit where we all learn, grow and heal together to achieve an equitable world, building hope and heritage for all, now and for the future.

Sotterley's Common Ground programming takes many forms, including monthly speaker events, partnerships with other organizations, and special events.

Events are all supported by members of Sotterley’s Descendant community who provide leadership and vision for Common Ground.    Many of the events are in partnership with the Big Conversation.


2020 Maryland Preservation Award for Excellence in Public Programming

2021 Underground Free Railroad Press 2021 Leadership Award for Common Ground and Descendants Project

Upcoming Common Ground Events

Sotterley Presents: People & Perspectives with Caitlyn Hunter

March 20, 2024 – Caitlyn Hunter joins Historic Sotterley to discuss her book, “Power in the Tongue”, which fuses history and folktales to show Black perseverance across centuries. Her book is a hybrid of memoir and fiction which digs into the history of herself and…

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