Seeking Freedom in Mexico: The Story of Nacimiento
A Recording of this webinar can be found here. This webinar took place 25 September 2023.
September is International Underground Railroad Month! To mark the occasion, we invite you to join us on Monday September 25th at 1pm ET for a discussion of the history, impact, and legacy of the Underground Railroad’s lesser known routes into Mexico. These routes, the people who traveled along them in search of freedom, and the free communities they created in northern Mexico have been the focus of a World Heritage USA Emerging Professionals research project, conducted this past year in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Project and funded by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
During this webinar, Emilia Sánchez González, World Heritage USA Emerging Professional Researcher, will present the results of her work. She will be joined by Dr. María Esther Hammack, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania specializing in the Black experience in Mexico and liberation in North America, as well as Corina Torralba, Founder of the Casa de la Cultura Black Seminoles of Nacimiento.
Emilia Sánchez González, Heritage Specialist and Researcher
María Esther Hammack, Ph.D., Barra Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. María Esther Hammack received her Ph.D. in U.S. History with certified portfolios in African and African Diaspora Studies and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2021. She is a Mexican scholar and public historian whose work centers and connects, through a gender lens, the histories of liberation and abolition in North America and the Black Diaspora in Mexico. She is currently revising her first monograph, Channels of Liberation: Black Freedom Across the US-Mexican Global South, a work that examines and recovers the transnational experiences of Black Americans, situated as freedom fighters, who left the United States to claim and secure liberation in Mexican spaces. Since 2019, she has served as an editorial assistant of the Journal of African American History and presently also serves as a representative of the AHA’s 2021-2024 Graduate and Early Career Committee. Maria is the 2021-2023 McNeil Center’s Barra Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.