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400 Years of Resilience

1619 - 2019: 400 YEARS OF RESILIENCE


In 2019, the nation marks 400 years since the institutionalization of slavery in colonial America. A group of faculty, staff and students at Salisbury University have organized a fall series of events to commemorate that milestone. The campus and greater community are invited to reflect on the existence and impacts of slavery – and to celebrate the resilience of African Americans, particularly those living in the State of Maryland. In particular, the achievements of the Eastern Shore’s own Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass will be highlighted.

SU Brown and Church Carillon Ringing: National Day of Healing in  Commemoration of the Arrival of the First Enslaved Africans to North America

Sunday, August 25, 2019

  • 2:45 p.m. Gather in The Square, Guerrieri Academic Commons
  • 3 p.m. Ringing of Bells, followed by a Moment of Silence
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A Celebration of Local Heroes Harriet Tubman & Frederick Douglass: Remarks, Praise, and Reflection

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

  • 6 p.m. Harriet Tubman Sculpture, Conway Hall Exterior
  • 7 p.m. Reception, Holloway Hall Great Hall
  • Rain location: Holloway Hall Great Hall

Center for Extended & Life Long Learning (CELL) Lecture: Professor April Logan  “Visiting and Experiencing the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Monday, September 23, 2019

  • 2 p.m.
  • Blackwell Hall

myne-owne-ground_book.jpgBook Discussion: Myne Owne Ground: Race and Freedom on Virginia's Eastern Shore  by Stephen Innes, with Professors Joseph Venosa and Clara Small, History

Thursday, September 26, 2019

  • Reception to follow.
  • 7 p.m.
  • Academic Commons Assembly Hall

SU On the Road: CELL Trip to the National African American History and Culture Museum

Thursday, September 26, 2019

  • 7 a.m. Depart from SU
  • 7 p.m. Return to SU
  • $$

  For more information, contact CELL at 410-543-6090.

Enlightened Perspectives Lecture: Mary Elliott, Curator,  National Museum of African American History and Culture “The Institutionalization of Slavery & Its Legacy in the U.S.”

Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • Reception to follow.
  • 7 p.m.
  • Wicomico Room

Singer ShowcaseSingers Showcase: “From Ship to Shore:  Celebrating 400 Years of Human Resilience Through Music”

Thursday & Friday, October 24 & 25, 2019

  • Reception to follow.  
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Great Hall, Holloway Hall

DaMaris HillPoetry Reading: DaMaris Hill  A Bound Woman Is A Dangerous Thing:  The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland

Thursday, November 7, 2019

  • 7 p.m. 
  • Guerrieri Student Union, Worcester Room 

13th DocumentaryScreening & Panel Discussion: Netflix Documentary 13 thwith Professors Jennifer Jewell and Rebecca Anthony

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

  • Reception to follow.
  • 7 p.m.
  • Bennett Family Auditorium Perdue Hall 156

John ErnestLecture: John Ernest, Judge Hugh M. Morris Professor of English, University of Delaware  “Slave Narratives: The Stories We Know and Those We Should”

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

  • Reception to follow.
  • 7 p.m.
  • TETC/Conway Hall 153

For more information, contact co-chairs: Dr. April Logan at or Dr. Wallace Southerland at

To request disability accommodation(s), please contact Candace Henry at 410-543-6087 or

Events are made possible by the generous support and time of Salisbury University academic and administrative departments, friends, and supporters.

* As of August 2019. Additional events may be added as opportunities arise.