Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

Enduring Connections

Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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The sources compiled in this database help reveal important elements of Black life on the Delmarva Peninsula including family relationships, community connections, the end of slavery, attempts to re-unite family members, work and wealth-building, and connection to the land and water.


Our records are tagged with location data to make it easier to find information about a specific place. Choose a location from the list or browse our interactive map.

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Occupations oftentimes shape the role of an individual in a community. You can browse the occupations that have been explicitly mentioned in records.

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View the full list of sources that we've transcribed and extracted, and read more about the kind of information you can find in each one.

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Featured Stories

The Reverend's Roots: Rev. Charles Albert Tindley

May 25, 2023

Using sources made accessible by the Enduring Connections database, researchers can begin to unpack the complex story behind Reverend Tindley’s childhood and family roots that have been elusive until now.

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The Freedmen's Bureau and Illegal Apprenticeships on Maryland's Eastern Shore

October 17, 2022

In the years after Emancipation, many Black families in the Delmarva region had their children taken away from them and bound into apprenticeships. The story of Martha Brown, a Caroline County woman, personifies what it took to recover your children with help from the Freedmen's Bureau.

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American Colonization of Liberia

June 22, 2022

The Republic of Liberia in Africa was a colony formed by the United States to relocate freeborn and emancipated Black people as an end to slavery. Former Enduring Connections fellow, Rihana Stevenson, writes about this piece of Delmarva history and the records that support it in this story.

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