“For Light and Liberty: African Descent Spies in the War of the Rebellion”

On Thursday, October 27th, 2011, Hari Jones, Curator for the African-American Civil War Memorial and Museum, will be presenting his talk For Light and Liberty: African Descent Spies in the War of the Rebellion.  

In this lecture, Mr. Jones identifies and tracks the activities of a secret African descent organization that sought to and fought to end slavery in league with the U. S. Constitution. Mr. Jones identifies a number of well-educated Africans captured as prisoners of war and brought to the Americas.  The pre-existing network established by these Africans and from which certain African knowledge circles, which produced a coded language, will be examined. The ideology or rather the liberation theology of these Africans and their descendants will be analyzed.  The personalities, the catalysts and champions who led the organization, will also be identified.  And finally the footprint of this secret African descent organization, which became the single most important source of military intelligence during the Civil War, will be tracked.  “For Light Liberty” will introduce you to what is indeed one of the best-kept secrets of the Civil War.

This is an exciting talk that will enthrall any one interested in the Civil War, African-American History, or just American History in general! The presentation begins with a meet-and-greet of Mr. Jones from 5:30-6:30 with light refreshments. The talk will then be from 6:30 to 8:00 with time for questions and answers at the end.  Cost of admission is $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non members. To reserve your spot or for more information, please call 302-655-7161 or email deinfo@dehistory.org.

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