2023-2024 Art & Architecture Study Series is comprised of four individual programs: three lectures and one off site excursion each program may be attended individually or all four for a reduced price. Individual Lectures (Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10): $125 per lecture per person. Excursion (Feb. 14): $175 per person. All four programs: $450 per person ($100 savings!)
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 10:00 am
HCF Headquarters, 40 East Bay Street, Community Room
Dr. Douglas Edgerton, Professor of History at LeMoyne College
Long after Black abolitionist Denmark Vesey and thirty-four of his followers were hanged in the summer of 1822, his legacy lived on in both the Black and White communities in South Carolina. This talk briefly covers the events of 1822 before moving on to discuss the ways his life was used by abolitionists, proslavery politicians, and northern Civil War recruiters, and how it was contested well into the twenty-first century and still, even with the opening of the International African American Museum, remains unsettled.
Douglas R. Egerton has taught history at Le Moyne College since 1987. He has held visiting appointments at Colgate University, Cornell University, and the University College of Dublin. He is the author of nine books, including the Lincoln Prize co-winner, Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America (2016), and He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey (1999). He is currently finishing a biography of abolitionist-soldier-feminist-poet Thomas Wentworth Higginson. He lives near Syracuse, New York, with his wife, historian Leigh Fought.