American Society of Freedmen Descendants

During the Cato Freedom Conference and Think Tank of April 30-May 2, 2010, participants formed the American Freedmen Descendants Commission. Charged with exploring means of racial understanding through heritage appreciation, the Commission critiqued a proposal for the establishment of the American Society of Freedmen’s Descendants, a group dedicated to respecting the societal contributions of enslaved Americans.

The USCTI & American Society of Freedmen Descendants Mini-Conference took place November 4-5, 2011 at Hartwick College. The Northeast Regional Coordinator of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Sheri Jackson took part in opening-day events.

American Society of Freedmen Descendants

Photo: Darlene Colón*, Sylvia Cooke Martin*, Madeline O. Scott*, Ruth Hodge*, Sheri Jackson of the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, and Harry Bradshaw Matthews*.
*American Society of Freedmen Descendants Senior Fellow.

The Mini-Conference was part of a Hartwick's Faces of the Civil War, 2011-12 Civil War Symposium. The symposim takes place September through April with exhibits; presentations; trips; grave-site salutes to Civil War soldiers; and musical performances.