Finding Freedom: Freedom Seeking and the Underground Railroad in North Carolina

Event Description

Finding Freedom: Freedom Seeking and the Underground Railroad in North Carolina
During this symposium, panelists will speak to the various, innovative ways in which freedom seeking narratives are being shared with local communities across North Carolina. Participants will hear from panelists that connect to their work to art, history and culture.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Adrienne Israel, Professor of History, Guilford College
Luncheon Speaker: Dr. Gregg Hecimovich, Ph. D., Chair, Department of English, Professor of English, Furman University

Panelists and Presenters will:

• Share historical research findings related to the Underground Railroad in NC

• Reveal lesser known histories related to the Underground Railroad in NC and freedom seeking.

• Explore how creative resources can be developed and shared to educate the public around the Underground Railroad in NC

• Describe how grassroots community and arts groups are developing innovative programs and initiatives to connect people to Underground Railroad history and the African American Experience in North Carolina

Full Symposium Schedule is attached as a PDF document below. 

Online registration will open on January 18, 2019. Symposium registration fee is $15.00*, and includes a conference packet and materials, as well as breakfast and lunch.

*Mileage reimbursement up to $0.25/mile for K-12 public school educators available. If eligible, please indicate your status as a public school educator on your registration form.

Need Overnight Accomodations? A block of rooms is being held at the Sleep Inn in Roanoke Rapids, NC for registered participants for any or all nights of: March 21, 22, 23. Just call the Sleep Inn directly at (252) 537-3141 to make a reservation in the "Freedom Roads" block. Rooms are $64.99 and must be guaranteed with a credit card.

This symposium is presented as an event of the NC African American Heritage Commission Freedom Roads initiative. This symposium is presented in partnership with Halifax State Historic Site, Roanoke River Partners, and Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle, with addional support from the Halifax County UGRR Steering Committee, NC Cooperative Extension - Halifax County Center, and the Halifax County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 


Halifax County Co-Op Ext Services

359 Ferrell Lane

Halifax, NC 27839

Registration Required

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