EASTON — Dr. Clara Small will be the first speaker in a series of talks focusing on African-American life on the Eastern Shore at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Center, 114 S. Washington St., Easton. Small will speak about her book, “Compass Points: Profiles and Biographies of African-Americans from the Delmarva Peninsula.”
The book features 56 African-Americans from the region sharing their notable contributions and includes founders of African-American churches, politicians, educators and civil rights activists.
Small recently retired from her professorship in history at Salisbury University, where she taught for 36 years. An appointed member of the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture and the Governor’s Commission to Study the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, Small is a sought-after lecturer known for her studies and presentations of African-American history on the Delmarva Peninsula and for her expertise in African-American women’s history. She is the recipient of the Harriet Ross Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award.
The speaker series is being held in conjunction with the exhibition, “Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African-American Life in Maryland and the World,” featuring members of the African-American founding families of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, in the Waterfowl Building, 40 S. Harrison St.. Open every day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 19, it includes pieces on loan from private collections and scenes of Eastern Shore life and labor, visual depictions of negro spirituals and images of military heroes. Accompanying the exhibition are video interviews of many of the descendants of the families featured in the exhibition.
Sponsored by Dock Street Foundation, there is no cost for the Ruth Starr Rose Easton programs. For more information about the speaker series or the exhibition, call Joan Levy at 410-245-5195 or visit www.ruth starrroseeaston.com.