Dedication for the Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland
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11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
St. Mary's College of Maryland invites you to FROM ABSENCE TO PRESENCE, the virtual dedication of The Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland at WWW.SMCM.EDU/COMMEMORATIVE/
In 2016, St. Mary’s College of Maryland archaeologists unearthed fragments of brick, ceramics, tobacco pipes and bottle glass suggesting locations on the St. Mary’s College campus where slave cabins once stood.
The Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland is an immersive art experience that honors the story of resilience, persistence, and creative problem solving that defined the lives of the enslaved individuals that lived in St. Mary’s City between 1750 and 1815. Constructed on the College’s campus, the Commemorative provides visitors with the space to acknowledge and learn from the lives of those who once toiled there, while providing a place for reflection and introspection about the nature of slavery and its connections to modern society.
This virtual dedication will feature a keynote message by nationally-known writer Jelani Cobb. This artistic construction being erected near the Jamie L. Roberts Stadium features commissioned work by artists Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton of RE:Site and poet Quenton Baker.