October 1, 2018
On Sunday, October 7, Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of History at Norfolk State University, will give a presentation on the little-known history of the eastern seaboard waterways and the Underground Railroad. The presentation begins at 3 p.m. and in York Hall, 301 Main Street, in historic Yorktown. This program is free to the public and is sponsored by the York County Historical Committee.
Dr. Newby-Alexander’s presentation is based on her new book, “Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad,” and discusses how the waterway network that carried trade goods also provided access for uncounted numbers of fugitive slaves seeking freedom in the years before the Civil War.
In addition to her position as Dean at Norfolk State, Dr. Newby-Alexander also is the Director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies. An author whose publications focus on Virginia’s African American history, Dr. Newby-Alexander has appeared in a number of documentaries and episodes on C-SPAN. She has also served on numerous boards, including the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Virginia Law Foundation, the 2019 Commemoration Commission, the Historical Commission of the Supreme Court of Virginia, and WHRO: a PBS-Affiliate.
Other books written by her are “Hampton Roads: Remembering Our Schools”; “Voices from within the Veil: African-Americans and the Experience of Democracy”; and “An African American History of the Civil War in Hampton Roads.”
For more information, contact York County Public Affairs at 757-890-3300 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/publicinfo.