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‘Faces of Freedom’ Commemorates End of Slavery in Maryland

by AFRO Staff

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    Students of Hosanna Freedmen’s Bureau School in Darlington, Md. in Harford County. Photo:Hosanna School Museum (Courtesy Photo)

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“Faces of Freedom: The Upper Chesapeake, Maryland, and Beyond,” featuring a performance, interpretive exhibit, book and film discussions and lectures, runs Feb. 19 through May 10, at the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.

“Faces of Freedom” commemorates the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Maryland Constitution of 1864 which ended slavery in the state. The project will focus on freedom, slavery and emancipation before, during and after the Civil War. It will feature individual stories of enslaved persons who freed themselves by running away, joining the Union Army and other methods, and of people who helped freedom seekers and those who worked to abolish slavery.

The centerpiece of “Faces of Freedom” is the play “Susquehanna to Freedom,” performed 1 and 7 p.m., April 4, in the Chesapeake Theater. Written by Dorothy E. King, the play examines the role of the Susquehanna River in helping freedom seekers make their way north.

A fictional account based on historic research, the work focuses on the Underground Railroad and imagines how three enslaved Harford County residents—Harriet Demby, Hull Rice and George Steward—might have followed the Susquehanna on their journey to freedom from Havre de Grace to Cooperstown, N.Y. The play premiered in 2013 at Penn State, Harrisburg, and its Maryland premiere will be at Harford Community College’s Chesapeake Theater. Admission to the play is free, but tickets are required and may be obtained by visiting

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