A Special Event Explores a Shared History

More than 250 participants gathered at the Hermannhof Festhalle on February 29, 2020, for a Symposium on the Shared History of Germans and African-Americans. Symposium materials, pictured at right, included a brochure about Hermann’s abolitionists and a replica of a calling card for editor Eduard Muehl, a vocal opponent of slavery.

Sponsored by the Deutschheim Verein, the program featured a panel of scholars, shared stories and discussion. Highlighting the event was a performance from “An Amazing Story,” an original play by Cecilia Nadal, directed by Vivian Anderson Watt. Based on historically accurate information, Nadal’s play tells the fictional stories of German immigrants and blacks, both freed and enslaved.