Charting a Course Toward Freedom
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. Vince Leggett, “Admiral of the Chesapeake” and founder of the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation will present “Chesapeake Underground: Charting a Course Toward Freedom.” 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. Come and 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.