Diversity in Delaware History

Diversity in Delaware History Webinar Series

History is a combination of uncomfortable truths, differing perspectives, and difficult narratives. With this in mind, DSEA and the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs are sponsoring a Diversity in Delaware History webinar series that presents an inclusive view of Delaware history, builds a broader narrative, and puts today’s events in a historical context. Join us for any of the 6 webinars being offered that explore the diverse stories throughout Delaware’s history.

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Tues, January 12, 2021, 6-7:30pm           Native American History

Explore Delaware’s rich native American History by using the archaeological record to discuss the two state-recognized tribes - the Nanticoke and Lenape, and contemporary native life.

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Tues, February 9, 2021, 6-7:30pm           Early Colonial Period (1631-1730’s)

Explore new advances in how researchers are using osteology and mitochondrial DNA to build a deeper understanding of early colonial life and the enslaved workforce. This new research allows historians to establish familial relationships between individuals and see patterns of migration, both voluntary and forced.

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Tues, March 9, 2021, 6-7:30pm                Slavery and Freedom Part 1: Revolution and the First Wave of Abolitionists

As the colonies turn towards revolution, what unalienable rights granted to men were being debated and formulated? Take a deeper look at what it meant to be free, indentured, or enslaved and how slavery became a government-sanctioned institution.

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Tues, April 13, 2021, 6-7:30pm                 Slavery and Freedom Part 2: The Underground Railroad

Samuel Burris, John Hunn, Thomas Garrett, Sam and Emmeline Hawkins, and Harriet Tubman are just a few of the known freedom seekers and abolitionists who worked on the Underground Railroad. In this session we will dive deeper into their stories that underline the danger, struggle, and sacrifice to aid freedom seekers.

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Tues, May 11, 2021, 6-7:30pm                  Jim Crow Laws and Segregation

After the civil war, what did freedom look like for African Americans in Delaware? Delaware was a segregated state. There was a government sanctioned effort to minimize any gains that Delaware African Americans may have achieved after the end of the civil war. Segregation efforts included the suppression of voting rights, limiting economic opportunities, implementing inadequate educational systems and the restriction of movement within the state for African Americans. These inequities set the stage for the Civil Rights movement.

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Tues, June 8, 2021, 6-7:30pm                   Civil Rights to 21st century

How did the Civil Rights Movement impact Delaware? After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the ensuing protests, Wilmington was occupied by the National Guard for nine months. This was the longest occupation of an American city to date. What was the outcome of the occupation and the impact to the Wilmington community?

 Link to recorded session: https://youtu.be/kTpEQQBlkdM


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