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Charting a Course toward Freedom

November 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Chesapeake Bay reg ion is a significant setting in African-American history. The region was a gateway for the first blacks brought from Africa to the colonies. Thr oughout the mid-1800s, the Bay and its rivers were important pathways along the Underground Railroad.

As part of the Water/Ways exhibit , Vince Leggett, “Admiral of the Chesapeake” and founder of the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation will present “Chesapeake Unde rground: Charting a Course Toward Freedom^’ at 1pm on Nov. 23 at t he  Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High  St. in Cambridge .

Leggett, the author of “The Chesapeake Bay Through Ebony Eyes”, will highlight how Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas s and countless other men and women’s lives were shaped by t he rivers, creeks and tributaries feeding into the bay and A tlantic Ocean.

Learn how the Chesapeake Bay has served as the “Waters of Despair and Waters of Hope” for African American Watermen and women working in the maritime and se afood related industries throughout the mid-Atlantic Regi on.

Visit our Water/Ways page for a full calendar o f Water/Ways programming.


November 23
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Dorchester Center for the Arts