Thursday, April 25, 2013


This past week, Dr. Gaither and I went to the Historic Annapolis Museum at City Dock in Annapolis to talk with the organization's staff and docents about the Poulson Slaver Quilt. This quilt, the 3rd in the My American Series, tells the story of slavery in Maryland. It is constructed like a Baltimore Album style quilt (5 squares across and five squares down) with each individual square telling a different story.

The Poulson Slaver Quilt is currently on display at the museum as part of the exhibition Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake. This exhibit discusses the lives and stories of runaway indentured servants, convict servants, and slaves living in the Chesapeake Bay region by focusing on nine specific runaways. Their stories are shared through videos, audio clips, documents, images, and hands-on activities. The entire exhibition is spread among three different sites in Annapolis - the Historic Annapolis Museum, the Historic Annapolis Waterfront Warehouse, and the Banneker-Douglass Museum. The exhibition is currently slated to run through March 2014, however extension plans are already on the table.

While Dr. Gaither spoke about the quilt, I filmed her and am now sharing the raw footage of the first two minutes of the talk. I am working to get the second clip with the remainder of the talk up in the next few days. The second voice in video clip is that of Heather Ersts from Historic Annapolis.


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