|Vol. 17, No. 9||Oct. 30, 1997|
Slavery in Delaware was unique and contradictory. While Delaware was one of the first states in the South to begin freeing slaves, it was one of the last to abolish slavery. These contradictions have left their mark on the First State.
Throughout the week of Nov. 10, WHYY-TV (Channel 12) will air a special series entitled, Freedom's Edge: African Americans in Delaware, 1639 to 1865, tracing those contradictions from the dawn of American slavery through today. On Friday, Nov. 14, the series concludes with a roundtable discussion of how the historical facts depicted in the previous four episodes have had an impact on Delawareans today.
Acting as consultants and experts throughout production were three UD faculty: William Williams, history; Carole Marks and James Newton, both Black American Studies. Marks and Williams are members of the advisory board consulting on this and future productions; Newton and Williams were interviewed for the series; and, all three, as well as the Rev. Maurice Moyer of Wilmington, will be part of the roundtable discussion.
Books written by Williams and Marks were used as background information by producer Audrey Foltz.
The series was funded with a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum and will be distributed to all the middle and high schools and libraries in the state.
For information on the series, call WHYY at 888-1200.