Location: Germaine Marvel Building at Art & History Museums – Maitland
210 W. Packwood Ave. Maitland, FL 32751
How a Wealthy White Businessman from Upstate New York Became Patron Saint to the Historic Black Township of Eatonville, Florida
How did Maitland's Lewis Lawrence, a wealthy white businessman from upstate New York, come to be honored as a friend and patron saint to the historic black township of Eatonville, Florida (inc. 1887)? What motivated him, in the social and political context of the post-Reconstruction era, to assist African American laborers in the purchasing of home sites and the establishment of a church that still bears his name -- St. Lawrence African Methodist Episcopal -- to this day?
Dr. Scot French, Associate Professor of History at University of Central Florida, will present his research into this important but little-known figure as an introductory event in UCF Public History's "Changing America, 1863 - 1963" exhibit and public program on the Civil Rights struggle in America. Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The tour of the traveling exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
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Location: UCF Teaching Academy, 117
Guest Speaker: Mr. Holly Pinheiro, Jr.
Doctoral Candidate, University of Iowa
B.A. in History from UCF (2008)
In the 19th century, military participation in American armed conflicts was considered a white prerogative. However, as Northern white attitudes changed during the Civil War, black men were permitted by the federal government to officially fight in the war as Union Army soldiers.
Even though there is a wealth of information on black Civil War units, little is known about who black soldiers were before or long after the war ended. These men were sons, brothers, fathers, and husbands who made a conscious decision to sacrifice their lives for a country that refused to recognize their citizenship, and their enlistment dramatically impacted the families that they left behind.
Holly Pinheiro, Jr., is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Iowa. He focuses on race, gender, and citizenship as it relates to black military service during the Civil War and in his current project, "Men of Color To Arms!: Race, Gender, and Citizenship during the Civil War era," he examines the lives of fifty Northern black soldiers before, during, and after the Civil War.
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