Join historian Peter Dalleo, Ph. D. at 7 P.M. on January 10 for an illustrated exploration of Civil War sailors of African descent who served aboard Union Navy tugs, sloops, and gunboats.
At least 348 African-American Delawareans from the state's three counties served on U.S. naval vessels, some of which were built in the First State. Hear the stories of Delawareans who assisted the Union Army on inland waters, captured blockade runners from the Bahamas, and chased Confederate raiders at sea. These sailors also assisted formerly enslaved "contrabands" freed or self-emancipated during the Union's military engagements in the Confederacy. After the war, follow the civilian careers of former mariners such as Moses America, Peter Blake and Elzy Russ, and the continued fight to achieve economic, political and social equality.
This illustrated talk is offered in conjunction with the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware and the Delaware Humanities Forum.
Free and open to the public. Reservations: 302-655-7161 or email@example.com Copeland Room, Delaware History Museum, 504 N. Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801. Free Parking lot at 6th & Shipley Streets.