Ship’s ‘Diggin’ History!’ series celebrates Black History Month

Ship’s "Diggin History!" series returns on Wednesday, Feb. 7 with author and historian Ed Maliskas sharing the story of the John Brown Farm. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. in Dauphin 151.

As author of “From John Brown to James Brown: The Little Farm in Western Maryland Where Liberty Budded, Bloomed and Boogied”, Maliskas has conducted over 120 oral history interviews with African Americans about their experiences on the John Brown Farm in the 1950s and 1960s. 

Maliskas research explores the significance of the historic Brown Farm during its ownership by the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World (“Black Elks”) from 1950 to 1966. Purchased as a memorial to Brown and a cause for civil rights and equality, the property became a beloved stop for African-American musicians including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and James Brown. 

This free event is sponsored by the Department of History and Philosophy and the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Steven Burg at