This symposium will highlight the continuing public and academic controversies surrounding the 1822 slave conspiracy in Charleston known as the Denmark Vesey Affair. Before the plot could mature into an actual revolt, white officials learned of its details and executed Vesey a free black, and thirty-four African Americans slave co-conspirators. In the attempt to forstall future insurrections, the South Carolina legislature passed the Negro Seaman's Act, white Charlestonians repressed the African Church in the city and the South Carolina Military Academy was established (The Citadel). Today a group of Charleston residents has organized to establish a public monument to Denmark Vesey and the spirit of freedom his efforts represented. The symposium speakers are Douglas R. Egerton of LeMoyne College, Michael P. Johnson of Johns Hopkins University and Norrece T. Jones Jr. of Virginia Commonwealth University. These well known scholars have published widely on the Vesey Affair and on the subject of slavery and slave resistance. The symposium will also host two panel discussions on the topics "Memory in the Historical Landscape" and "The Proposed Denmark Vesey Monument in Charleston." City officials, academics, the historic preservation community and the local community will participate. Free and open to the public.
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