November 21, 2020 –
The Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland is an immersive art experience that honors the story of resilience, persistence, and creative problem-solving that defined the lives of the enslaved individuals that lived in St. Mary’s City between 1750 and 1815. Constructed on the College’s campus, the Commemorative provides visitors with the space to acknowledge and learn from the lives of those who once toiled there, while providing a place for reflection and introspection about the nature of slavery and its connections to modern society. This artistic construction features commissioned work by artists Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton of RE:site and poet Quenton Baker.
The Commemorative dedication's keynote speaker, Jelani Cobb, is billed as one of the clearest and smartest voices in today’s conversations around race issues. Cobb is a staff writer for The New Yorker, a historian and a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
To join in the virtual dedication at 11 a.m. on November 21, visit: https://www.smcm.edu/commemorative/.