The first emancipation celebration was held in Frederick in August 1865, only four months after the end of the Civil War. A new life awaited African Americans in Frederick County, many of whom had been enslaved before the war. But persistent racism, poverty, and dislocation presented enormous challenges. This talk will explore how African-Americans in Frederick County encountered freedom after the war and in the era known as Reconstruction. The focus of the talk will be on the years 1986-1876 and the surprising parallels between this era and modern America.
All programs in the "African American History Lecture Series" hosted by Frederick Community College are free (after one-time $9 registration fee). REGISTRATION CAN BE FOUND HERE
The African American History lecture series, which was organized for FCC and is presented by instructors from the African American Resources Cultural and Heritage (AARCH) Society, offer opportunities to expand the knowledge and understanding of the students about present-day Frederick by learning about the history of African Americans in Frederick County. The lectures provide both regional and national perspectives ranging from 18th century Enslavement to Genealogy as well as perspectives on contemporary life in the county.