National Archives Presents Program on Facing Slavery’s Legacy at Georgetown University on November 3
Press Release · Thursday, October 27, 2016

Washington, DC

On Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 7 p.m., the National Archives presents a program titled “Facing Slavery’s Legacy at Georgetown University.” The program is free and open to the public, reserve your seat online or watch the live stream on the National Archives YouTube channel.

Facing Slavery’s Legacy at Georgetown University
Adam Rothman discusses the university’s roots in the slave economy of early America and their implications for today. He describes university efforts to research its history and reach out to descendants of the Maryland Jesuit slave community.  

Adam Rothman teaches history at Georgetown University where he directs Doctoral Studies. Rothman is part of the university’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation. He has written two books: Slave Country: American Expansion and the Origins of the Deep South (Harvard University Press 2005) and Beyond Freedom's Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery (Harvard University Press 2015), which was named a Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and earned the Jefferson Davis Book Award from the American Civil War Museum. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.

The program is presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., as the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture to open the 43rd Annual Conference on D.C. History. The Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture honors the pioneering educator and historian who elevated the history of Washington, D.C., with her exceptional work on free and enslaved African Americans. Scores of students at Howard University and George Washington University experienced her singular intellect and mentorship in the 1960s and 1970s.

The program will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum.  The National Archives Building is located at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Attendees should enter through the Special Events entrance on 7th and Constitution Ave, NW.  


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