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Black Middletown Lives: Documenting and Commemorating Those Enslaved Here

AFAM 306
Fall 2021
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: Service Learning

In this service learning course, students will do hands-on history by uncovering, preserving, and sharing Middletown's rich African American past. In particular, we will focus on the lives of the hundreds of African Americans enslaved in Middletown- an international river port built on the trans-Atlantic slave trade- in the 1700s, as well as the neighborhood that their free descendants built in the early 1800s. This early African American neighborhood (the Beman Triangle), now part of Wesleyan's campus, served as a regional and national antislavery and Underground Railroad center and home to one of the nation's first handful of independent Black churches. Students will partner with local archives, libraries, and museums to help preserve and share Middletown's remarkable 18th- and 19th-century African American past, illuminating this community's connections to regional, national, and global slavery and antislavery movements.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on DEC-07-2023
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