Denmark Vesey Plot 200th Anniversary Forum

Monday, September 12, 2022
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
Denmark Vesey Plot 200th Anniversary Forum

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Douglas Egerton, Professor of History at Le Moyne College
  • Dr. Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder
  • Dr. Jim Casey, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, History, and English and Associate Director of the Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State
  • Ms. Panashe Chigumadzi, Zimbabwean-born journalist, novelist, and Harvard doctoral candidate

*Each speaker will share their scholarship on the life and legacy of Mr. Denmark Vesey (c. 1767–July 2, 1822).

“Born enslaved in Danish-ruled St. Thomas (now part of the U.S. Virgin Islands), Vesey was subsequently brought to Charleston, South Carolina. Allowed to keep portions of his earnings from various jobs, he purchased his freedom after winning a lottery. He then embarked on a revolutionary path, which led through the Philadelphia-founded African Methodist Episcopal Church, to overthrow slaver—a project linked to the Haitian and French revolutions. Disastrously, the plot was betrayed, and Vesey and dozens of fellow revolutionaries were executed. Their legacy would live on in the black liberation struggle on both sides of the Civil War.”

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There will be a two-hour break beginning at noon. The event will resume at 2:00 p.m. 

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Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library