Enslaved People

Enslaved People, Mining Industry History in Driftless Reviewed

Enslaved PeopleLearn about the history of enslaved and captive people in the Driftless Area at Slavery and Bondage in the Driftless, sponsored by Sinsinawa Mound Center. The event will be held online from 10 to 11 a.m. CDT Saturday, March 27. Despite the Northwest Ordinance’s 1787 prohibition of slavery and involuntary servitude, African American and African French people labored in bondage in the Wisconsin-Illinois lead district for white masters and mistresses. Why did the diggings become a center of slavery and quasi-slavery, and how did that work transform the area?

Presenter Jennifer Stinson weaves together census records, settler memoirs, legal documents, county histories, maps, and photographs to tell the stories of the unfree men, women and children who toiled and resisted in and around Sinsinawa Mound. Stinson is an associate professor of history, gender and public history at Saginaw Valley State University, Mich. She researches and writes about African American, African French and African Indigenous families’ attempts to gain, expand and navigate the limits of freedom in rural upper-Midwest farming, mining, trading and small-town communities.

The fee is $10 per person, and the registration deadline is March 25 at 4 p.m. Please register by contacting Guest Services at 608-748-4411 or visiting our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

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