Cecilia Nadal leads a “Circle of Neighbors” small-group discussion at an event in Hermann.

Symposiums on the Shared History of Germans and African Americans

Three events are currently scheduled, where historians and scholars will discuss the relationships between German immigrants and African Americans before, during and after the Civil War.

Symposium Speakers

These events will be followed by two major community engagement activities. Local citizens will be asked to share family stories about these cross-cultural relationships and will have an opportunity to participate in small-group dialog sessions. You can share your story and hear the stories of others at a “Circle of Neighbors” session in your area. 

Share Your Story!

The Verein is proud to initiate these events with  support from Visit Hermann, Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center in Hannibal, the Warren County Historical Society, and the Jefferson City Community Center.


Jefferson City
Saturday, February 17, 2024

2:00 to 4:00 pm
Lincoln University
Martin Luther King Hall—Pawley Theater
812 E. Dunklin Street, Jefferson City

Photos from the Jefferson City event
Television Coverage
Missouri Life Magazine
Jefferson City News Tribune
Jefferson City Event Flyer
Jefferson City Press Release

Saturday, August 12, 2023

2:00 to 4:00 pm
Warren County Historical Society
102 West Walton Street, Warrenton

Photos from the Warrenton event
Warren County Event Flyer
Warren County Circle of Neighbors Flyer
Press Release