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Professional Lecture Series: A New Society in an Ancient Swamp

04/19/2017 07:30 PM

@ Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
4400 MacArthur Blvd Suite 103

Professional Lecture Series: A New Society in an Ancient Swamp

Note: Lecture attendees can be picked up at the Shady Grove Metro station by the hotel shuttle by calling the concierge beforehand at 240-507-1800. The shuttle will also provide drop-off at the same Metro station after the event.

Our guest lecturer is Dr. Daniel O. Sayers of American University, who will present on "A New Society in an Ancient Swamp: The Social World of the Great Dismal Swamp, 1607-1863."

African American Maroons (people who permanently self-removed from enslavement) and indigenous Americans founded a novel society in the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina and Virginia beginning with the rise of colonialism in the Mid-Atlantic region. After over a decade’s work on several sites in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, archaeology is showing how these resistant and defiant people formed communities that lasted over 250 years, what their communities were like, how they dealt with the seemingly harsh swamp environment, and how their world differed from the one they left behind. This presentation will outline what we know about this very under-recognized society and why this history matters today.

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Categories: Counseling & Mental Health, Education, Non-Profit Organization

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