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Slavery and Freedom in Savannah Symposium Schedule

The Symposium is free but registration is required to attend. Online registration is closed but you may still register day-of at the location.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Live Oak Public Library, Pooler branch
4 p.m. Slavery & Freedom: Storytelling with Lillian Grant-Baptiste
Appropriate for ages 6 through 10.
Second African Baptist Church, Greene Square
6 p.m. Welcome: Pastor C. MeGill Brown

Introduction: Tania Sammons, Curator of the Telfair’s Owens-Thomas House and Decorative Arts

Choral selection by the SAB Inspirational Voices

Symposium Keynote Address: “Public History and Slavery: Exploring the Owens-Thomas House,    Savannah, and Rural Georgia” Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris

Closing: Choral selection by the SAB Inspirational Voices

Reception immediately following in the Jepson Center on Telfair Square, sponsored by the Friends of the Owens-Thomas House; also opening   Agents of Change: Portraits by Kenneth Martin   in the Jepson Center Trustees Gallery
Friday, October 14, 2011
Savannah Theatre, Chippewa Square
9 a.m. Registration/check-in
9:45 a.m. Welcome: Vaughnette Goode-Walker, Director of Cultural Diversity for the Telfair Museums
10 -11 a.m. Slavery in Colonial GeorgiaSession Leader: Eric Hall, Assistant Professor of History, Georgia Southern University

The Transatlantic Slave Trade Comes to Georgia
James McMillin

“The King of England’s Soldiers”: Armed blacks in Savannah and its hinterlands during the Revolutionary War Era, 1778-1787
Timothy Lockley

11:20 a.m.-

12:20 p.m.

Establishing Antebellum SlaverySession Leader: Jeff Eley, Chair, Historic Preservation Dept., Savannah College of Art and Design

To “Venerate the Spot” of “Airy Visions”: Slavery and the Romantic Conception of Place in Mary Telfair’s Savannah.
Jeffrey Robert Young

Slavery in Antebellum Savannah: Control and Resistance
Leslie M. Harris

12:20-2:20 p.m. Lunch Break
2:30 p.m. Performance: Nelson’s Visit with Lafayette“, a living history performance featuring Owens-Thomas House Interpreters, with an introduction by Paulette Thompson
3:00-430 p.m. Slave Life in Antebellum SavannahSession Leader: Barbara Fertig, Professor of History, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Laboring Slaves: Work and Workers in Antebellum Savannah
Susan O’Donovan

Slave Housing in Antebellum Georgia
John Michael Vlach

‘An’ They Never Said a Mumblin’ Word?’ Reconstructing Enslaved Life through the Owens-Thomas House
Daina Ramey Berry

Live Oak Public Library, West Broad YMCA branch
4 p.m. Slavery & Freedom: Storytelling with Lillian Grant-Baptiste
Appropriate for ages 6 through 10.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Savannah Theatre, Chippewa Square
9 a.m. Registration/check-in
9:30 a.m. Welcome: Tania Sammons, Curator of the Telfair’s Owens-Thomas House and Decorative Arts
9:45-10:45 a.m. Black Freedom in Antebellum and Civil War Georgia

Session Leader: Felicia Bell, Assistant Professor of History, Savannah State University

Free Black Life in Antebellum Savannah.
Janice Sumler-Edmond

Wartime Workers, Money-makers: Black Labor in Civil-War-Era Savannah
Jacqueline Jones

11 a.m. -12 p.m. The Struggle for Freedom and Equality in Post-Civil War Georgia

Session Leader: Michael Benjamin, Assistant Professor of History, Armstrong Atlantic State University

“We Have Our Own Law Here”: Spinning Politics and Violence in Reconstruction Savannah
Jonathan M. Bryant

Reconstructing White Redemption:   African American Intellectuals in Savannah, Georgia, 1890-1920
Bobby Donaldson

12 p.m. Closing comments: Ronald Bailey, Visiting Distinguished Professor -SBS, Savannah State University

Emory Shaw Campbell, President, Gullah Heritage Consulting Services

Live Oak Public Library, Oglethorpe Mall branch
4 p.m. Slavery & Freedom: Storytelling with Lillian Grant-Baptiste
Appropriate for ages 6 through 10.

For more information, contact Cyndi Sommers at sommersc@telfair.org or 912-790-8880

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Slavery & Freedom: Storytelling with Lillian Grant-Baptiste

Appropriate for ages 6 through 10. The following programs will occur at various branches of the Live Oak Public Library. For more information on the branches and directions please visit their website.

Tue., Oct. 4,   4 pm – Islands branch

Wed., Oct. 5, 4 pm  – Hinesville branch

Thur., Oct. 6 @ 4:30 pm – Southwest Chatham branch

Sat., Oct. 8, 4 pm – Carnegie branch (special all ages presentation!)

Tue., Oct. 11, 11 am – Bull St. branch

Wed.,   Oct. 12, 4:30 pm – Rincon branch

Thur., Oct.13  , 4 pm – Pooler branch

Fri.., Oct. 14, 4 pm – West Broad YMCA branch

Sat., Oct. 15, 4 pm -Oglethorpe Mall branch
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Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 3pm, Southwest Chatham Library, Book Discussion of the award-winning novel “Jubilee” by Margaret Walker. A Free copy of the novel will be given to the first 25 readers that reserve a space in the discussion group. Email Constance Coleman colemanc@liveoakpl.org for a space and free copy of the book.