Charting a Course toward Freedom

Charting a Course toward Freedom 2019-10-30T13:27:54-04:00

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The Chesapeake Bay region is a significant setting in African-American history. The region was a gateway for the first blacks brought from Africa to the colonies. Throughout the mid-1800s, the Bay and its rivers were important pathways along the Underground Railroad.

As part of the Water/Ways exhibit, Vince Leggett, “Admiral of the Chesapeake” and founder of the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation will present “Chesapeake Underground: Charting a Course Toward Freedom” at 1pm on Nov. 23 at the  Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High  St. in Cambridge.

Leggett, the author of The Chesapeake Bay Through Ebony Eyes, will highlight how Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and countless other men and women’s lives were shaped by the rivers, creeks and tributaries feeding into the bay and Atlantic Ocean.

Learn how the Chesapeake Bay has served as the “Waters of Despair and Waters of Hope” for African-American watermen and women working in the maritime and seafood related industries throughout the mid-Atlantic Region.

Visit our Water/Ways page for a full calendar of Water/Ways programming.