4:37 AM / Friday December 3, 2021

12 Aug 2021

SUBURBAN NEWS: Lincoln University To co-host inaugural Mid-Atlantic Underground Railroad Conference

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
August 12, 2021 Category: Local Posted by:

The Lincoln University Center for the Study of the Underground Railroad and Voices Underground — an organization focused on preserving and sharing the Underground Railroad’s story — next spring will host their inaugural conference: “Seeking Freedom: The Underground Railroad in the Mid-Atlantic.”

The three-day conference will be held March 31 to April 2, 2022, on Lincoln University’s main campus.

“Considering that the Mid-Atlantic was a major hub used to get enslaved Blacks to freedom, this will be a historic conference,” said Dr. Nafeesa Muhammad, assistant professor of history at Lincoln University and a member of the convening committee. “As the first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU) that was a physical site of the Underground Railroad, it is exceptionally interesting to be hosting this inaugural conference.”

The conference organizers recently released a call for papers, panels and roundtables to historians, preservationists, independent scholars, social scientists, community leaders and undergraduate and graduate students. The organizers are particularly interested in paper proposals that focus on the Mid-Atlantic states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and southern New York.

“We encourage individuals to submit proposals who are researching sites of memory, the role of HBCUs such as Lincoln University and Cheyney University, and the importance of the free and enslaved African American community through the end of the Civil War,” Muhammad said.

The organizers are also seeking papers that explore any or all the diverse complexities of the Underground Railroad, including known and unknown physical sites (homes, corridors, routes) and those that extract the voices of the unheard, invisible and underrated.

 “We welcome research that demythologizes the story and memory of the UGRR,” Muhammad added.

The conference’s other convening committee members are: Dr. Gregory Thompson, the executive director of Voices Underground, an initiative to build a national memorial to the Underground Railroad outside of Philadelphia; and Dr. Paul Finkelman, president of Gratz College, in Melrose Park, Pennsylvania, a widely published author who is a specialist on slavery, civil rights, race relations, and African American history and has written extensively on fugitive slaves laws and the relationship of slavery to the U.S. Constitution.


Conference registration fees will be: $75 in-person, $50 virtual and $30 for students.

Inquiries can be sent to: [email protected].

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News


Stacey Abrams launches 2nd campaign for Georgia governor

December 1, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email By JEFF AMY ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat and leading voting...

Week In Review

Malikah Shabazz, a daughter of Malcolm X, dies at 56

November 25, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Betty Shabazz’s six daughters, including the mother of 12-year-old Malcolm Shabazz,...

Color Of Money

Three tips to boost your home design with energy-efficient LED bulbs

November 25, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT If you dream about transforming your home on a budget, chances are...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Vegan Southern Style Cornbread

December 2, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’: Red beans with vegan ground...


Racial disparities in kids’ vaccinations are hard to track

November 25, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Cameron West, 9, receives a COVID-19 vaccination at Englewood Health in...


SUnscopes for the week of December 5, 2021

December 2, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email All Signs: This is a busy week. Unfortunately, everyone’s energy might be scattered...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff