Join Mary Jo Fairchild for a Sabbatical Talk on the Peace Family and the Legacies of Slavery and Dispossession at CofC

The Public History Working Group of the Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC) is pleased to sponsor a sabbatical talk given by Mary Jo Fairchild, Coordinator of Research Services at the Special Collections at the College of Charleston.

When & Where: The talk will be…

  • On Thursday, April 18th, at 4:00 p.m.
  • In Addlestone Library room 227

About the Talk: Thomas Peace worked at the College of Charleston on and off beginning in the late 1820s until his death almost sixty years later. At first, he worked while enslaved. After emancipation, he served as “janitor,” “porter,” and courier. During this presentation, Fairchild will discuss her efforts to recover the lives of Thomas Peace, his wife Isabella, and their children, reintroducing their story into the institution’s historical memory.

Details: Using a Black feminist epistemological approach alongside critical theory and more traditional historical research methods, Fairchild’s work reconstructs the story of the Peace family and interrogates the unexplored and intertwined roles of dispossession and slavery in the development of the College of Charleston. This research, conducted during a recent sabbatical, represents an important contribution to the efforts currently underway at the College of Charleston that seek to understand the legacy of slavery and make strides towards addressing and repairing its enduring effects.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.