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image from book cover "A Fluid Front"A symposium Saturday, March 26, will explore the historical significance of transnational freedom networks spanning the Detroit River region.

Symposium to survey region’s history of slavery and resistance

Contributors to the book A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderlands will explore the historical significance of transnational freedom networks spanning the region in a symposium Saturday, March 26, that will close Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization (EDID) Week.

Presented by the Essex County Black Historical Research Society in partnership with the UWindsor Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Department of History, the free public event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Speakers include:

  • A Fluid Frontier editor Karolyn Smardz Frost;
  • contributors Kimberly Simmons, Roy Finkenbine, Carol Mull, and Irene Moore Davis;
  • student researchers Karleigh Kochaniec and Willow Key; and
  • special guest Adrienne Shadd.

They will discuss what community and academic historians have learned about slavery, resistance, and the Underground Railroad in these borderlands in the five years since the publication of A Fluid Frontier, as well as more recent stories of African-descended peoples in the region.

To receive the link to attend, register here.