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Station Four - The Civil War

Saturday, February 16, 2019  |  2 - 4 p.m.

The Levy Center
300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL

Sponsored by the NAACP Evanston-North Shore

What were the issues presented as it related to the position of enslaved and newly freed Black and their participation in the Civil War, in community and in resistance both in society and within the organized church? Explored are social and governmental issues that presented themselves, customs that emerged from the conflict, and theological issues within the established and radical churches.

Participants will experience:

  • The original “Watchnight” trope (something that we celebrate to this day), emerging from bondspersons “keeping watch” all night, in anticipation of January 1, 1863 – the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing bondspersons in the rebellious states
  • Southern Black women operated as spies, scouts, couriers, and guides who gave enormous support to Union operations and personnel
  • Harriet Tubman returned to the South, early in the war, to assist liberated bondspersons in Port Royal, South Carolina
February 16, 2019


In recognition of 2019 Black History Month, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, the Herskovits Library Northwestern University at Northwestern University, and numerous African American churches and organizations worked collaboratively to create this community project titled, “Out of the African Diaspora to Evanston: The Mosaic of Human Community.”

All are welcome to attend any or all stations held throughout the month of February and March.


Using the Stations of the Cross to situate the history of Black Americans, participants will experience Black history from precolonial Africa to the present day. Through various productions and representations—historical texts, art, photographs, artifacts, teaching, preaching, Bible study, and Scriptures—participants will explore and discuss key historical moments and movements in Black history. Ultimately bringing attention to the ways that these histories relate to Black Evanston/ Northshore, this 2019 community project will shed new light on “living” history in the present-day, a pursuit relevant for youth and seasoned, alike.

For more details on the opening and closing plenaries, the ten stations, and this Evanston community project, go to: