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“Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad”
A public conference to consider the scholarship of Sailing to Freedom will be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The conference, presented in collaboration with the New Bedford Historical Society, brings together the contributing authors of the 2021 "Sailing to Freedom" volume (UMass Press, 2021) in person for the first time and provides an opportunity for other invited scholars to comment on the importance of the book and its ideas/arguments. The keynote speaker, distinguished Underground Railroad historian Fergus M. Bordewich, will examine the historical record and recent research about the maritime Underground Railroad. The assembled scholars, teachers, and public historians will share their diverse views and expertise about the experiences of maritime freedom seekers and those who assisted their escape. New Bedford, known as “the Fugitive’s Gibraltar,” was an important terminus of the Underground Railroad, where many escaped slaves worked in whaling and maritime industries.

Sep 23, 2022 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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