Saturday, February 10, 2018 
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Shorefront Legacy Center
2214 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, Illinois


  • Christopher Reed, Professor Emeritus of History at Roosevelt University; General Secretary of the Black Chicago History Forum; author of several books including Black Chicago’s First Century, 1833-1900 (University of Missouri Press, 2005)
  • Rev. Michael Nabors, Pastor Second Baptist Church, Evanston; President, Evanston NAACP; past Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Director of Masters of Divinity Program


Blacks in the Civil War. What were the issues presented as it related to the position of enslaved and newly freed Black and their participation in the Civil War, in community and in resistance both in society and within the organized church? Explored are social and governmental issues that presented themselves, customs that emerged from the conflict, and theological issues within the established and radical churches.

Participants will experience:

  • The original “Watchnight” trope (something that we celebrate to this day), emerging from bondspersons “keeping watch” all night, in anticipation of January 1, 1863 – the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing bondspersons in the rebellious states
  • Southern Black women operated as spies, scouts, couriers, and guides who gave enormous support to Union operations and personnel
  • Harriet Tubman returned to the South, early in the war, to assist liberated bondspersons in Port Royal, South Carolina