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Sotterley Presents: People and Perspectives – What We Commemorate on Juneteenth with Richard Bell
June 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Dr. Richard Bell
Professor of History and the University of Maryland
What We Commemorate on Juneteenth
Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Over the course of four years, enslaved people worked to turn the Civil War into a freedom war. Slowly but surely, they pushed President Abraham Lincoln and his commanders in the field toward embracing emancipation as a war aim and to compel them to take the giant steps forward needed to abolish slavery once and for all. On June 19, 1865, the federal government finally met that objective, declaring slavery dead across the country. This momentous event marked a new birth of freedom—an occasion we now commemorate as Juneteenth.
Dr. Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and is author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home which is shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize. He has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for teaching faculty in the Maryland state system. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
This presentation is made possible by the generous support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Maryland Humanities, and Maryland Heritage Area Authority.
FREE WEBINAR for the public – Advance registration required.
This year’s speaker series will be offered virtually.