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Lewes Historical Society’s Symposium – November 13, 2021 ‘A long and lasting shame’: Slavery in Delaware 1700-1865

November 13, 2021

The Lewes Historical Society’s November 13 Symposium will present research undertaken by academics, independent scholars, and graduate students in multiple disciplines on the theme of slavery in Delaware from late Colonial America to ratification of the 13th Amendment.

Topics include political, social, cultural, legal, literary, biographical, bibliographical, or economic approaches, as well as guides to notable special collections/archives.

The symposium will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the Hotel Rodney in Lewes, DE from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost to attend per person is $75 and includes lunch.

Due to the current pandemic and the size of the venue, we are requiring attendees to wear a mask.

Please click on “Register for the Symposium” below to experience, first-hand presentations of original research, delivered by scholars and notable individuals on the topic of Slavery in Delaware 1700-1865.


9:00-9:10 – Introduction/Welcome by LHS Executive Director & Curator James A. Abbott

9:15-9:35 – Session I
The Hon. Diane Clark Streett: “The Episcopal Church and Slavery in Delaware”

9:45-11:15 – Session II
Ralph Prettyman: “Injustices at Tower Hill and Beyond”
Bruce A. Bendler: “The Life of Cuff Frisby, c. 1770-1845”

11:30-Noon – Lunch

Noon-12:30 – Keynote Speaker
Kathryn Benjamin Golden: Title: “Enslaved Resistance, Community, and Escape: Everyday Refusal and Organized Opposition in the First State”

12:45-2:15 – Session III
Curtis Small Jr. & L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin: “Slavery in Delaware: Selected Resources in Morris Library Special Collections”
Flavia Rutkosky: “CCC Camp at Leipsic”
José Marcos Salaverria: Solomon Bayley: A Freedom Seeker from Delaware

2:30-4:00 – Session IV
John Ernest: “The Underground Railroad in Legend and History”
Alexa B. Silver: “Slavery on Mount Harmon Plantation”
Andrew J. Lyter: “Navigating the Channels of Freedom: African American Delawareans, the Sea, and the War of 1812”

4:15-4:45 – Session V
Lorna A. Rainey: “Legacy of US Congressman Joseph Rainey”


For general or specific questions, please email symposium@historiclewes.org

Info and pics from Lewes Historical Society website


Hotel Rodney, Lewes DE
142 2nd Street
Lewes, Delaware 19958
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