Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

The Ties That Bind

A Symposium on Slavery in Auburn


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Bring work gloves, clippers, or pruners if you have them. We will meet at the main entrance on Dean Road. Parking is available at the Auburn Public Library or Dean Road Recreation Center. Questions? Call 334-844-4903 or email



Download a PDF of the schedule.


Thursday, November 10

1:00 p.m. Genealogy Workshop

4:00 p.m. Reception & Dessert Potluck 


Friday, November 11

8:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee

8:45 a.m. Welcome, Dr. Mark Wilson, Auburn University

9:00 a.m. "The Ties That Bind: Understanding Slavery in Auburn Among Cousins, Connections, and Community," Dr. Terrance D. Vickerstaff, Family Historian

9:45 a.m. "Assessing Evidence About Slavery: Revisiting an Early Historical Description of Plantation Life in Auburn, Alabama," Dr. Anthony Carey, Appalachian State University

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. "The African-American Spiritual: The Heart of the Slave Community," Dr. Rosephanye Powell, Auburn University

11:15 a.m. "Hallowed Grounds: Slavery, University of Alabama, and Alternate Campus Tours," Dr. Hilary Green, University of Alabama

11:45 a.m. Q &A

Noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Family History Fair at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (450 East Thach Avenue) and Guided Tours of the historic Baptist Hill Cemetery (East Thach Avenue and Dean Road)



Registration Fee: $10 (Lunch included.)
  • Register Online
  • Register by Mail
  • Send a check to: Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, Pebble Hill, Auburn, AL 36849
  • Please make the check payable to "Auburn University" and include your name, address, phone number, and email address.


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Last Updated: February 01, 2017