The 1856 Project: Confronting the Ongoing Legacy of Slavery at the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland has recently established the 1856 Project, joining the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) consortium to facilitate collaborative research and academic scholarship. Institutional co-leads Lae'l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist, and Joni Floyd, Libraries Curator for Maryland and Historical Collections, will discuss how this initiative will create a path toward restorative history, allowing for the institution to engage in the work of moral accountability and reconciliation.


This session is part of the Winter Speaker Series, which considers how we remember the past, unpacking stories of Chesapeake history with a focus on what our understanding of the past means for our future. This series will take place virtually via Zoom.

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