HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 27, 2019 – High Point University’s History Department will host an American Discoveries Symposium entitled, “Slavery and Its Legacies in North Carolina,” commemorating the 400th anniversary of African-American history.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Webb Conference Center ballroom on the university’s campus on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature four prominent regional scholars whose work focuses on the history of slavery and the history of slavery’s legacies since the Civil War in North Carolina.
Dr. Arwin Smallwood from North Carolina A&T State University will address the rise of slavery and how it took shape during the colonial period. Dr. Adrienne Israel from Guilford College will examine the ways that blacks and their white allies resisted slavery during the 1800s in North Carolina’s Piedmont. Dr. Virginia Summey from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro will talk about how the legacies of slavery were sustained in North Carolina during the Jim Crow period from the 1890s to the 1960s. Professor Flora J. Hatley Wadelington will consider how the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow have shaped black lives and race relations over the last 50 years.
“We are really fortunate to be hosting this prominent group of scholars here at High Point University to discuss these vital topics,” says Dr. Paul Ringel, associate professor of history at HPU. “Our goal for the symposium is to make it not only a day of learning, but also a day of conversation on these challenging issues. This event is part of a yearlong, citywide commemoration, and we hope that people from all over the city and all over the region will join us and contribute to that conversation.”