In 1999, Bill Pinkney, a former Navy hospital corpsman, set out to retrace the Middle Passage -- the path between Africa, North America and the Caribbean used by American slave traders in the 18th and 19th centuries. Shortly after, the Chicago native was appointed captain of the the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a replica of the original Amistad slave ship known for its 1839 rebellion. (The historical moment was made famous in the Steven Spielberg movie of the same name). On Saturday, Pinkney will discuss his experiences onboard the ship, his six-month Middle Passage sail and his 1992 around-the-world trip at a Black History Month luncheon and lecture at the Eastport Yacht Club. Pinkney's Middle Passage sail was documented in an April 2000 PBS special, and records from the trip are used in classrooms to explain the slave trade and to teach students about the hardships of the Middle Passage. Sponsored by Amistad America Inc. and the Eastport Yacht Club. Lunch, noon; lecture, 3 p.m. Saturday. 317 First St., Annapolis. Lunch, $25; lecture, free. 410-267-9549.


Baltimore resident Janet Freedman writes about her childhood memories and reflects on the quickly changing culture and lifestyle of Kent Island in her recently published historical memoir, "Kent Island: The Land That Once Was Eden." In the book, Freedman highlights agricultural lifestyles that ruled the Eastern Shore before bridges connected it to the mainland. "This is a three-generational memoir," Freedman says. "My grandmother was born in 1879, and I interviewed her for this. I talked to people who were in their 70s who had lived there their whole lives. These people aren't going to be around much longer, and I just felt like I needed to get their memories down on paper before any evidence of their lifestyle was lost." Freedman will discuss the book and sign copies at Corsica Bookshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, 101 S. Commerce St., Centreville. Free. 410-758-1453.


This musical play attempts to pull in audiences and take them back to a time that most today couldn't imagine living through. The musical, written by Barry O. Foreman and performed by the Scotts United Methodist Church Gospel Choir, depicts a typical day of an African American slave in the mid-1800s. Part of the Historic Avalon Theatre's Black History Month celebration. 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Future events include the musical, "A Night With Harriet Tubman." Historic Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. $15. 410-822-0345.