At 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, Dr. Holly Anthony Pinheiro, an assistant professor of history at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, will speak about the experiences of Black families living in the North during the American Civil War.
The John M. Turner Lecture in the Humanities, “Wartime Disunion: Battles to Keep Northern African American Families Together during the Civil War Era,” will be held on Google Meet. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Adam Dean, associate professor of history at Lynchburg and John M. Turner Chair in the Humanities, said he hopes those who attend the lecture “learn more about the Black experience during the American Civil War and the struggles Black soldiers faced, both at home and in the military.”
While the public might be familiar with the subject, thanks to popular films like “Glory,” which told the story of the all-Black 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, Dean said “Dr. Pinheiro offers a new take and will go into greater detail.”
Dean first met Pinheiro at an academic conference at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. “We were two young American academics at an international conference on 19th-century U.S. history,” he said. “Talking about history in a 16th-century building at a premiere British university is quite an experience.
“Dr. Pinheiro is an excellent speaker, using insights from gender history to answer long-standing questions about the American Civil War.”
The lecture is sponsored by the John M. Turner Lecture in the Humanities and the Black History Month Planning Community.