The Past is Present: Race, History, and Community in DeLand
Led by three Stetson History Department faculty, Drs. Andy Eisen, Mayhill Fowler, and Emily Mieras, this two hour event introduces participants to the many untold and hidden histories of DeLand. Following a light breakfast and brief remarks, we will hop on a bus and visit a number of the town's historic locations, including a sandwich shop where African American high school students protested segregated lunch counters, a courtroom where victims of white racial violence struggled to find justice, and the African American Museum of the Arts, a contemporary site of community preservation and artistic expression. We will also analyze how public histories of DeLand, as depicted in downtown murals, tend to center the figure of the white pioneer settler, all but erasing the contributions of other members of our community. We anticipate that by the time we conclude the tour participants will have a deeper knowledge and a greater appreciation for the diverse groups of people whose lives and labor built this town. Following in the spirit of Values Day, we hope this event will inspire continued reflection, conversations, and community action as we confront how profoundly our town’s racial past is present.
An RSVP is required for this event; all registered attendees will receive a light breakfast.