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Monday, December 11, 2017


Valerie Babb, director of the Institute for African American Studies and professor of English and of African American studies

Wanderer Symposium

9 am – 3 pm
Location: M. Smith Griffith Auditorium
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The Institute for African American Studies and the Fanning Institute host “‘Where I Come From . . .’: The Wanderer Enslaved and Their Descendants.” This all-day symposium, organized by Valerie Babb, director of the Institute for African American Studies and professor of English and of African American studies, focuses on the slaves who landed on Jekyll Island in the New York Yacht Club pleasure ship the Wanderer and considers their capture in Congo riverside villages and barracoons, their personal accounts of transit through the middle passage, their life on southern plantations and the challenges they faced once no longer enslaved. It will conclude with a tour of “Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina” led by Dale Couch, curator of decorative arts, and a reception.