SALISBURY, MD—In 2018, visitors to Salisbury University’s Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons were greeted with the exhibit “You’re on Indian Land …” exploring the history and legacy of the indigenous people of the Eastern Shore and their connections to SU.
Researched by SU Honors College students and including materials from University Archives and SU’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, the display included sections on the Wicomico, Pocomoke, Nanticoke, Manokin and Choptank rivers — all of which are namesakes for residence halls at SU.
Recently, sections of the exhibit were moved to permanent homes within those halls. SU President Charles Wight; Dr. Andrew Martino, Honors College dean; and Dave Gutoskey, housing and residence life director, began the spring semester by joining residents in Nanticoke and Manokin halls for receptions to dedicate the materials there. Wicomico Hall’s display was dedicated in the fall.
The events included a reading of the SU Housing and Residence Life Land Acknowledgement Statement, honoring the indigenous people who called the region home prior to European settlement.
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