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historical sepia-toned photo of a Black man standing in a field by a hay bale in front of Rossborough Inn on UMD's College Park campus

2024 Research Update

The 1856 Project's 1st Annual Research Update

On February 7th, 2024 from 3-5pm, The 1856 Project held its first Annual Research Update, during which the project's first research report was discussed. The 1856 Project investigates the University of Maryland’s connection to the regional context of slavery. It is the local chapter of Universities Studying Slavery (USS), a multi-institutional and international consortium of colleges and universities encouraging their institutions to think about their connections to slavery and the slave trade while addressing historical and contemporary issues surrounding race and inequality in higher education. The first annual presentation of findings provided a research update based on historical information uncovered in 2023 by The 1856 Project members, Summer Research Initiative participants, Fall 2023 semester undergraduate student interns, and community historians. This event was open to the public and was held in-person at McKeldin Library on UMD's College Park campus as well as on Zoom.