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Uncovering and Recentering the Maritime Underground Railroad, Presentation & Booksigning with Timothy Walker

Portsmouth Welcome Center 206 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

Underground Railroad scholarship has focused almost exclusively on interior overland routes used to escape enslavement in the Antebellum South. Largely overlooked, however, is the great multitude of enslaved persons who made their way to freedom aboard merchant vessels plying coastal routes along the Atlantic seaboard. This crucial but neglected aspect of the Underground Railroad story […]

The Archaeology of a Secret World in the Great Dismal Swamp, a Dr. Dan Sayer Illustrated Presentation

Portsmouth Welcome Center 206 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

For many millennia, the Great Dismal Swamp was an important part of the Indigenous people’s landscape in the Mid-Atlantic region. With the settling of Jamestown and the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the region in 1619, the swamp became a place of defiance, resistance, and a new start to life for potentially tens […]