Event Time and Date
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
University Student Commons: Forum Room
907 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220
Sponsored by the VCU Department of History
This event is free and open to the public.
On Thursday, April 27th at 4pm, the Alexandrian Society of the Department of History at Virginia Commonwealth University will be hosting a Spring lecture titled “Market Marronage: Enslaved Women and the Informal Economy in Nineteenth-Century Jamaica” to be presented by Dr. Shauna Sweeney.
Dr. Sweeney is currently a historian of Slavery, Freedom, Gender, and the African Diaspora in addition to being the 2016-2018 NEH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. She teaches at the College of William and Mary where she is also conducting research on the role of female-centered market networks, their contribution to the Atlantic economy, and how they were used by enslaved black women as a means to transition to freedom. She received her Ph.D. in History from New York University where she has previously taught and is now working on a book to be titled A Free Enterprise: Market Women, Insurgent Economies and the Making of Caribbean Freedom.
In her upcoming lecture, Dr. Sweeney will cover several themes of this upcoming work. She will use Jamaica as a case study to discuss the phenomenon of runaway enslaved black women during the early 1800s. These actions were spurred by a desire for economic and social autonomy offered by public markets as they offered refuge from the confines of slavery. Dr. Sweeney argues that this method of resistance aided the formation of a community united against human enslavement. This eye-opening lecture is sure to show the power of marronage as a means of resistance by a seemly powerless group of Jamaican women. The journey of enslaved black women to emancipated free persons reflects their resilience, tenacity, and courage- characteristics that were possessed by all enslaved peoples in the Americas.
Commons Forum Room