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Quaker Heritage Center

Quaker values and testimonies of equality, integrity, peace, simplicity, and community unify and strengthen our campus, local, and global communities.

Our exhibits, programs, and special events help our students, faculty, staff, and community members to better understand what we mean when we say Wilmington is a Quaker college.

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Lecture Performance Series: African-American Resistance, Abolitionists, and Quakers

This spring 2018, the Quaker Heritage Center is facilitating a series of talks and musical performances that highlight the power of solidarity and resistance among African-Americans, Abolitionists, and Quakers. At the same time, these programs will address the complicated dynamics of white and African-American abolitionists who were entangled in systems of privilege and oppression throughout the 19th century.

Schedule of Events

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Thursday, February 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Canby Jones Meeting House, Quaker Heritage Center

“Harriet Beecher Stowe: Anti-Slavery Advocate and Friend of Friends” with Ms. Christina Hartlieb, Director, Harriet Beecher-Stowe House

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Canby Jones Meeting House, Quaker Heritage Center

“Of Thee We Sing: Black Music and the Quest for Equality in Post Reconstruction America.” with Dr. Tammy Kernodle of Miami University

A note from Dr. Kernodle: “The italicized “we” is a reference to the way Marian Anderson sang this line from “My Country This of Thee,” at her famous 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial. I will use this as a historical guidepost to center the discussion on how music became the terrain through which black advocated for social equality during the late 19th century beginning with the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1871.”

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Canby Jones Meeting House, Quaker Heritage Center

“Targets of the Riot: Gender, Violence, and Interracial Abolitionism in Antebellum Washington, D.C” with Dr. Tamika Nunley, Oberlin College

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

McCoy Room, Kelly Hall

Talk: “Songs of Resistance, Songs of Freedom: A look at the American Negro Spiritual from its humble beginning, life of protest and presence today” with La’Shelle Allen

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

McCoy Room, Kelly Hall

Performance: “Spirituals In Motion” a Sistah LaLa Production” with La’Shelle Allen, Vocals, Joan Brannon, Percussion, Scott Heersche, Guitar and Kaymon Murrah, Vocals/Piano

Gallery Hours

Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


The Quaker Heritage Center is located in the Boyd Cultural Arts Center at Wilmington College.

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QHC-SephiaIn 1828, the Walthall family, Quaker ancestors of Meriam Hare, decided to leave their home in Gravely Run, Virginia, and journey to Ohio.  In the late 1880s, almost 60 years after their journey, William Walthall recalled the trip he experienced as a child in his memoir.  Experience their journey through the words of William Walthall and the treasures of the Walthall family.


Affiliated Organizations

Museum Alliance