Talking about slavery
African Americans, both enslaved and free, were a part of Hoopers Island's economy from its 17th century tobacco plantations to 1864. Slaves were considered as property that could be bought and sold. Some were sold South, some were freed, and some ran away.
On February 12th, Lincoln's birthday, Jacqueline Simmons Hedberg spoke at the Dorchester Historical Society in Cambridge about her new book Plantations, Slavery & Freedom on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
It's a book about Eastern Shore slaves who gained their freedom and slaves who were "sold South" to the sugar cane and cotton plantations. The most famous of the former are Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.
Jacqui will be speaking in Cecil County at Mount Harmon Plantation on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.
This book can be purchased in Cambridge at Simmons Center Market and on-line from Arcadia Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.