Nurturing Pathways to Freedom

2019 Lecture Series Schedule

Spring Hill & the Underground Railroad

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Presented by Sammy Kay Smith, Director of Spring Hill Historic Home, Massillon, OH


Spring Hill was built in 1821, but the family that lived there opened the home to freedom seekers before the door actually existed. This presentation will explore what the Underground Railroad looked like while it was still forming and the impact one family had on the area's abolitionist activities.

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There are lessons yet to be learned: Why the 13th Amendment remains relevant in the 21st Century US

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Presented by Ric Sheffield, Professor of Sociology & Legal Studies, Kenyon College


It has been more than 150 years since Congress ratified the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution prohibiting slavery in our nation. Rarely, in recent years this Amendment been the topic of discussion or debate, nor is it even the focus of Constitution Day speeches and celebrations. Constitutional scholars and lecturers tend to emphasize the provisions that traditionally are thought to provide a guidepost and set of principles by which Americans can and should conduct their civil lives in a nation that seeks to demonstrate its commitment to the rule of law. Yet, it is all too easy to forget how the lessons of slavery and the promise of emancipation remain important in the contemporary lives of many Americans 150 years later. This talk argues that we'd be wise not to forget these important lessons.

The Reaction of Black Soldiers to Lincoln's Assassination

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Presented by Dr. Leonne Hudson, Associate Professor of History, Kent State University


As the United States Colored Troops were celebrating the surrender of Robert E. Lee, a bolt of lightning struck the nation at Ford's Theater. Lamentation replaced euphoria as word of the president's assassination coursed through black regiments. African American soldiers thoughtfully and in many instances eloquently shared their world of grief with the nation. This presentation will explore the many ways Lincoln's death affected the USCT throughout the country.

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All  programs begin at 2:00pm and are held in the Thomas Room, on the second  floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library (444 Mahoning Avenue  NW, Warren, Ohio).

The Sutliff Museum will be open for tours one hour before the program.

All programs are free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible.