Faces of Freedom: The Upper Chesapeake and Beyond

2/14/2014, 6 a.m.
“Faces of Freedom: The Upper Chesapeake, Maryland, and Beyond,” featuring a performance, interpretive exhibit, book and film discussions and lectures, ...
“Faces of Freedom: The Upper Chesapeake, Maryland, and Beyond,”hosted by Hays-Heighe House commemorates the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Maryland Constitution of 1864, which ended slavery in the state. The project will focus on freedom, slavery and emancipation before, during and after the Civil War. “Faces of Freedom “ opens Wednesday, February 19, 2014 and runs through Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College located at 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air, Maryland. Photo: An unknown family was found in Cecil County. The man in the photo was a member of the U.S. Colored Troops. Photo: Courtesy Library of Congress

DeWolf and Morgan have written a book titled, “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade.” In their lecture, they will discuss ways that their story offers a model for healing in local communities. A book signing follows the lecture. The lecture and luncheon take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center, Room 243. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please call 443-412-2224.

Also part of the “Faces of Freedom” initiative is “Gather at the Banks” on Saturday, May 10, 2014. A tree will be planted at the bank of the Susquehanna River to honor enslaved persons, freedom seekers, abolitionists and others from the region who, sought to end slavery. The names of freedom seekers and abolitionists will be read, a minister will bless their departed souls and descendents will pour libations for their ancestors. Spirituals and freedom songs will set the atmosphere. The Hays-Heighe House joins with the Hosanna School Museum in Darlington in organizing the gathering.

“Our hope is that ‘Faces of Freedom’ provides forums for frank, honest and respectful dialogue and critical thinking about freedom and slavery,” said Iris Leigh Barnes, coordinator of the Hays-Heighe House.

Funding for “Faces of Freedom” comes from the Maryland Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities and Gilder Lehrman Institute. Other external partners include the Hosanna School Museum and the Historical Society of Harford County.

All events are open to the public and free of charge. For a complete list of events, visit harford.edu/community/hays-heighe-house.aspx. For more information, call 443-412-2495 or email HaysHeighe@harford.edu.