Next Friday, October 18, Martha Jones of the University of Michigan will present her paper “Governing the Free Black Family: Reflections on Scenes from Antebellum Baltimore" to the Triangle Legal History Seminar from 4 to 6 pm. We'll be meeting at UNC Law School's boardroom. If you're in the triangle I hope you can make it. (Email me if you're planning on attending so I can arrange for the right amount of parking. And here is a pdf file with directions to UNC Law School.) This paper is part of Martha's work on African Americans, law, and citizenship in antebellum Maryland. I blogged about another piece of this project last week, Jean Baptiste, un Créole De Saint-Domingue: Narrating Slavery, Freedom, and the Haitian Revolution in Baltimore City. Another piece of this expansive and exciting project appeared in the North Carolina Law Review last spring, "Hughes v. Jackson: Race and Rights Beyond Dred Scott." Also, if you're setting your calendar further ahead than next week, Martha will be giving a public lecture at the National Humanities Center on November 7, "Citizenship Before Birthright: The Puzzle of Free African Americans Prior to the 14th Amendment."
I'm going to combine this announcement with an antebellum building trivia question that Martha's sent along. What's the building? (Since the last building trivia question that Martha sent along was of a Maryland Courthouse I'm guessing this, too, might be a courthouse.)