Through Ebony Eyes: Preserving the Legacy of Blacks on the Chesapeake
Speaker: Vince Leggett, Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, Founder and President
Vince Leggett (Credit: Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program)
For over 200 years, Black men and women have kept the seafood and maritime industries alive on the Chesapeake Bay. Yet few history books have recognized their contributions. The Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, created by Vince Leggett, has amassed a rich collection of artifacts, oral histories and over 40,000 photos documenting their experiences. On July 20, Leggett will share some of their stories. He will highlight voices from two of his books, Blacks of the Chesapeake: An Integral Part of Maritime History and The Chesapeake Bay Through Ebony Eyes. Join us for a celebration of the Black men and women who transformed—and were transformed by—life on the water.