The History Department was pleased to host Amy Murrell Taylor in November to give a talk on her new book, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps. In her book, Taylor discusses the meaning wrapped up in the physical design and structure of the camps where former enslaved persons fleeing the Confederacy were housed. When these spaces disappeared when the war ended, it left a major mark on the African-American community as they sought equality and agency.
The event was sponsored by the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History, Dr. Lesley Gordon. Thank you to all who were involved or attended, and thank you Dr. Taylor for visiting us!