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20th National War of 1812 Symposium Oct 22, 2016

20th National War of 1812 Symposium

Saturday Oct 22, 2016

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Town Hall, Learning Center

1515 Maryland Ave

University of Baltimore, Baltimore

(enter from Mt. Royal Avenue behind the Edgar Allen Poe Statue)

$75 registration, includes lunch

$35 seniors and reenactors in uniform

registered University of Baltimore stuents free

African American History? You’re Standing On It

The Catholic University Archives is often asked what African-American history we have, and my colleague Maria Mazzenga's reply is that you’re standing on it.  The original 65 acres purchased by the U.S. Catholic Bishops to found the University was the Middleton family's slave-run plantation, until the Emancipation Act of 1862 (the first emancipation act in the nation, by the way) liberated the slaves of Washington, D.C.  For more, please see