Diversity in Delaware History






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January 11, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m., A More Complete Story- Museums and teachers want to tell a complete story in history. How do we find the resources to broaden the narrative and be more inclusive? This webinar will discuss primary sources, collections, artifacts, and strategies to help create a framework for inclusive history.

February 8, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m., Interpreting Slavery in Delaware- How do we discuss slavery and difficult history with the public and students? This webinar will discuss slavery in Delaware, its historical context, and resources for the classroom.

March 8, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m., An Uphill Battle; The Unfulfilled Promise of the Civil War, 1860-1896- At the end of the Civil War, great change seemed promised with the first federal civil rights acts and amendments. Why instead did we descend into segregation? This webinar will explore the constitutional amendments, the first federal civil rights acts, Delaware’s political climate, reactions to federal legislation and end with the Plessy v. Ferguson decision.

April 12, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m., Wartime Movements, 1910-1945- This webinar will focus on the Great Migration, The World Wars and social change which fueled the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement.

May 10, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m., Ending Erasure: Discovery of the African Burial Ground at the John Dickinson Plantation The John Dickinson Plantation interprets the life of an American Founding Father who believed in liberty for all, yet held people in bondage. Staff knew from the historical record that enslaved people lived, labored, and died at this plantation. There was documented evidence that a burial ground existed on the property, but the exact location had been lost. This webinar will discuss the search and discovery of the burial ground.

June 14, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m., Recreation in Segregated DelawareThis webinar details the experience of recreation in segregated Delaware. Speakers will include Kelli Racine Barnes, a doctoral candidate studying late-18th and early-19th-century African American history at the University of Delaware.  Ms. Barnes worked with the Zwaanendael Museum to research and create a virtual exhibit that highlights the impacts of Jim Crow laws in Delaware in connection with historically segregated beaches and the people who remember them. Carlton Hall, architectural historian with the State Historic Preservation Office will discuss his work on Delaware listings in the Green Book, a segregation-era travel guide for African Americans created by Victor Green and published annually from 1936 through 1966.



Did you miss the Diversity in Delaware History webinars that were presented last year?  If so, you can view them here on the DSEA Professional Development and Learning Portal!