Building Bridges to Common Ground: Resilience, Remembrance, Honor and Equity

Date(s) - September 5, 2019 - September 7, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Historic Sotterley
44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD, 20636, St. Mary’s County
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From September 5th through 7th, 2019, Historic Sotterley will hold a three-day program continuing the 2019 theme and intuitive of Building Bridges to Common Ground: Resilience, Remembrance, Honor and Equity. Speakers, panelists, archeologists, historians, and Sotterley descendants will bring stories and experiences of their collective research and memory of ancestors, both enslaved and free, to modern relevance. This program is made possible thanks to the generosity of Maryland Humanities.

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Speakers, panelists and scholars will include:
Elizabeth Chew, Vice President of Museum Programs, James Madison’s Montpelier.

Janice Curtis Green, a living history performer and American storyteller.

Dr. Julia King,
renowned archeologist and Professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Dr. Kenneth Cohen, curator at the National American History Museum.

Zachary R. Wood, author and Ted talk speaker, facilitated discussions of descendants and more.

Subjects include: Power of the Name, European and African naming practices as well as indigenous place names. Rise to the East- Burial Grounds as Sites of Memory with
research on Sotterley’s gravesite, challenges of historic preservation, and more.

Topics: Film “Legacies of Slavery,” that tells the story of the people and the place, from the point of view of Ellen Stewart, daughter of Dolley Madison’s enslaved maid.

7:00 p.m. – Speaker/discussion

SEPTEMBER 6th and 7th (each day)
9:00 a.m. – Registration
Continental breakfast provided

Session 1: 10:00 a.m. – noon
Panel presentation & discussion
Lunch for purchase

Session 2: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Panel presentation & discussion

Free to the public, but limited seating. Please RSVP by visiting or call 301-373-2280.

Programs and speakers are subject to change.

Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational nonprofit organization that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.
Maryland Humanities
108 West Centre Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4565
(410) 685-0095
(410) 685-0795 fax
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