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Monday, January 29, 2007

Small Speaks on the Underground Railroad and the Eastern Shore February 15

SALISBURY, MD---From Harriet Tubman to Frederick Douglass, Maryland’s Eastern Shore had strong ties to the freedom movement of the 1800s. In fact, this region recorded the most slave escapes in the nation’s history.

Dr. Clara Small, professor of history in Salisbury University’s Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, discusses the network that helped these slaves obtain freedom 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15. Her presentation, “Blacks, the Underground Railroad and the Eastern Shore,” is held at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture in Room 190 of SU’s East Campus Complex (formerly the Power Professional Building).

An expert on African-American history, Small has published several papers, including “Abolitionists, Free Blacks, and Runaway Slaves,” which was included in the book A History of African-Americans on Maryland’s and Delaware’s Eastern Shore. She also serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Slavery.

Part of SU’s African-American History Month celebration, her talk is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6312 or visit the Nabb Research Center Web site at

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