Sewanee Project Launches Meridiana blog
Site will publish articles & multimedia presentations from Project's researchers
Sewanee's Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation today launched a WordPress blog site called Meridiana.
The new blog represents one way in which the Project aims to bring together the Sewanee community — students, staff, faculty, alumni, and area residents — to pursue a comprehensive examination and thoughtful consideration of our university’s historic connections to the institution of slavery and its legacies in the long century of racial injustice after the end of the Civil War.
The title of our blog – the Latin for “of the South” – is drawn from the formal name that appears on diplomas awarded at Sewanee: Universitas Meridiana. By adopting this prepositional phrase for our online publication, we express our position that striving to understand the university’s deep historical entanglement in the slaveholding order of the antebellum South and slavery’s enduring and oppressive legacies is essential in determining what it means to be a university of and for the twenty-first century South.
Periodically the blog will publish features based on the research conducted by the Project's staff and faculty supporters and students in the College and School of Theology.
The first post was produced by the Project's research associate, Tanner Potts, C'15.
In this post, Tanner explains, "I examine the gift of slave trader John Armfield to the fledgling Southern University. In 1857/8, the University held an Amazon-esque competition for the siting of the college. Armfield convinced his fellow trustees to select Sewanee, just a miles from his own planter-resort Beersheba Springs. His gift and our campus's current location reflect the mutualistic relationship between the University and slave society."
Look for more posts in the near future.