This is the story of the enslaved Africans who were brought to the Catoctin Iron Furnace to work for the early Europeans who owned them and the furnace. We will hear the voices of the enslaved as recorded in poetry and those of the enslavers recorded in newspaper want ads from those early times in Maryland history. Class participants will be invited to interact with the texts, to discuss archeological findings and to explore how this legacy continues to impact the present day.
Recommended Reading: Catoctin SlaveSpeak. All students will be offered a free copy of this book prior to the start of the course. Please stop by E101 in the Conference Center on campus to pick up your copy
The African American History lecture series, which was organized for FCC and is presented by instructors from the African American Resources-Cultural and Heritage (AARCH) Society, offer opportunities to expand the knowledge and understanding of the students about present-day Frederick by learning about the history of African Americans in Frederick County. The lectures provide both regional and national perspectives ranging from 18th-century Enslavement to Genealogy as well as perspectives on contemporary life in the county. The Society identifies, collects, preserves, and makes publicly accessible, through its programs and services, the objects, artifacts, and stories about the history, rich heritage and culture and the contributions of African Americans in Frederick County past and present and in doing so educates, enriches, and enlightens this and future generations. Through its programs, services, research, and activities, the Society also recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary resiliency of African Americans in the County.
Elayne Bond Hyman is a mixed-blood woman of many nations. She is of Native, African, and European descent. She integrated the all-female student body of Stephens College, in Columbia MO graduating with honors in 1964. She subsequently graduated from Howard University in 1966, Phi Beta Kappa, Dobroe Slovo, and Cum Laude with a BA in Russian, and a double minor in English and French. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she received the Homiletics Prize. She taught undergraduate courses in the Humanities program at Howard University, namely “Individual In Society” through the literary lens of African-American Women, and Montgomery Community College, English as a second language courses. She is honorably retired, after 25 years of ministry in the Presbyterian Church USA 1980-2004. She has been published in literary genres of poetry and personal essay including Laurel Holliday’s Children of the Dream. She has performed her poetry collection Catoctin SlaveSpeak locally for live audiences and on-camera videos. Ms. Hyman is semi-retired from AFTRA and SAG but occasionally appears in PSA’s and regional commercials.