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SYMPOSIUM ON THE SHARED HISTORY OF GERMANS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS IN MISSOURI
February 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join Dr. Gary Kremer, Executive Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, Dr. Sydney Norton, Associate Professor of German at St. Louis University and author of German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri, Dr. John Wright, author of Kinlock: Missouri’s First Black Town, and Cecilia Nadal, sociologist and playwright of An Amazing Story: German Abolitionists of Missouri for a symposium that explores the contributions German immigrants made to the abolition of slavery in Missouri. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required online or call the Hermann Welcome Center at (800) 932-8687.
In addition to speakers, the symposium includes musical and theatric presentations from the African American and German American communities. Attendees are invited to an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Deutschheim State Historic Site in Hermann. Visit the former home of the Hermanner Wochenblatt, a German language anti-slavery newspaper from 1845. On exhibit at the Deutschheim Visitor Center will be one of only three originals of the signed 1865 Ordinance Abolishing Slavery in Missouri.
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