“Faces of Freedom” commemorates the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Maryland Constitution of 1864 which ended slavery in the state. The project will focus on freedom, slavery and emancipation before, during and after the Civil War. It will feature individual stories of enslaved persons who freed themselves by running away, joining the Union Army and other methods, and of people who helped freedom seekers and those who worked to abolish slavery.
The centerpiece of “Faces of Freedom” is the play “Susquehanna to Freedom,” performed 1 and 7 p.m., April 4, in the Chesapeake Theater. Written by Dorothy E. King, the play examines the role of the Susquehanna River in helping freedom seekers make their way north.
A fictional account based on historic research, the work focuses on the Underground Railroad and imagines how three enslaved Harford County residents-Harriet Demby, Hull Rice and George Steward-might have followed the Susquehanna on their journey to freedom from Havre de Grace to Cooperstown, N.Y.
**Faces of Freedom was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the performance, lectures, films and discussions do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.**