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Sandy Ground at St. John's: Faces of the Underground Railroad

St. John’s University celebrates New York’s African-American history and the diversity of our communities with Sandy Ground at St. John’s: Faces of the Underground Railroad, a public humanities and educational outreach program held on the University’s Staten Island campus. 

This program is the culmination of a six-year partnership between the Office of the Provost, Staten Island Campus, St. John’s College Department of English, and the Sandy Ground Historical Society. Located on the south shore of Staten Island, the Sandy Ground Historical Society Museum commemorates the founding of the oldest continually existing African-American communities in the United States and is a program site for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

With Sandy Ground Historical Society Museum exhibit, “Faces of the Underground Railroad” as centerpiece and inspiration, “Sandy Ground at St. John’s” engages the University community and the public with a series of special programs and readings on black communities and public memory; African emigration and immigration to Staten Island; family history and digital archiving; arts and community development, and teaching diversity in K-12 education.  

Through its partnership with Sandy Ground Historical Society, St. John’s affirms a community vision for the humanities in keeping with the University’s mission.

All events are open to the public and will be held in the newly renovated Loretto Library Community and Learning Commons on St. John’s Staten Island campus.

For more information about the programs of “Sandy Ground at St. John’s” and to arrange school and organization visits, contact [email protected].

Sandy Ground at St. John’s: Faces of the Underground Railroad is funded by the New York Council for the Humanities and directed by Robert Fanuzzi, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Civic Engagement and Public Programs, Office of the Vice Provost, St. John’s University, Staten Island campus. Special thanks are owed to Ms. Sylvia D’Allessandro, Executive Director of Sandy Ground Historical Society, Dr. Jeffrey Fagen, Dean of St. John’s College, Theresa Maylone, Dean of the Libraries, and Mr. Parvez Mohsin, Director of the Sun Yat Sen Gallery for their support of this program.