Freedom’s Diaries


Diaries of Free African Americans from the Antebellum and Civil War Eras

Diaries by African Americans from the Antebellum and Civil War periods are extremely rare. Their survival to present day is even more remarkable. Join for a unique chance to hear about the everyday life of free African Americans during that time, thanks to the survival of two diaries from the Mid-Atlantic region. Karsonya Whitehead’s Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis uncovers the story of a woman in Philadelphia’s vibrant free black community through the prism of identity, race and class. Myra Y. Armstead’s Freedom’s Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America traces the life of an escaped slave from Maryland who became a master gardener and kept a diary for over three decades.

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About Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Whitehead
Dr. Whitehead is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on race, class, and gender. She also has ten years of experience working as a documentary filmmaker, with three New York Emmy nominations. As a Master Teacher of History/Social Studies, she won the 2006 Maryland History Teacher of the Year Award.

About Myra Young Armstead
Dr. Armstead is a Professor of History and the Director of Africana Studies at Bard College at Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She has been a member of the New York Academy of History since 2006. She was also a Speaker in the Humanities, New York Council for the Humanities from 2003 to 2011.

Cover of Notes from a Colored Girl
Date and Time
Saturday, February 7, 1:00 pm
Contact Information
For more information call 443-263-1816