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Remarks by Stephanie K. Meeks at PastForward 2017

Good evening and thanks for joining us for PastForward 2017. It is a pleasure to be here with you in Chicago, one of America’s most historic cities. This was once the center of American industry. The nexus of the railroads and the meeting place of east and west. The home of Hull House and...

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One Person at a Time: Interpreting Slavery at Montpelier

By Elizabeth Chew Since the late 1980s, museum leaders, curators, and educators have greatly expanded race- and class-based interpretations, broadening the stories of elite house and estate dwellers by incorporating narratives of those who performed the tasks necessary to keep such places...

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A Historic Black History Month at Belle Grove

By Kristen Laise and Shannon Moeck “It needs to be in this place,” said A.D. Carter III, scanning the 1,000-square-foot room on the ground level of the 1797 Manor House at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Virginia. This room, with its exposed limestone walls and oak beams,...

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The Unprecedented Success of Savvy Grassroots Politics in Preserving African American Heritage

Also by Sam Keiser One year ago, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and its political allies secured annual grant funding for the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) in the impressive amount of $1 million in perpetuity, setting a new...

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Book Review: The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott

Patricia Bell-Scott’s recent book, The Firebrand and the First Lady , details the friendship between Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt, both of whom were instrumental in the struggle for social justice in the 20th century. Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and impact is well documented,...

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Participating in a Community Design Charrette for Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom

In May the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project of Richmond, Virginia, invited Max Page and Joseph Krupczynski from the Center for Design Engagement —a nonprofit organization affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst—to spend a week in Richmond working with the community...

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A Marker of Hope: Preservation Planning at the Mount Zion and Female Union Band Society Cemeteries

By Tisha Allen Tucked away behind the historic Dumbarton House in Georgetown lies one of the oldest African American burial grounds in Washington, D.C.: the Mount Zion and Female Union Band Society cemeteries. This three-acre site holds two burial grounds—the Mount Zion Cemetery (formerly...

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Recovering and Preserving African American Cemeteries

By Nadia Orton The reverence attached to cemeteries and burial grounds, which have long been considered sacred sites, is an example of enduring Africanisms and cultural tradition in the African American community. Burial grounds have always been regarded as places where ancestors could be...

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Podcast Series: Voices of Rosenwald Schools

About the Podcast In 1912, Booker T. Washington approached Julius Rosenwald, the President of Sears, Roebuck and Company, with an idea to build six small schools for African Americans in rural Alabama. Over the coming years, over 5,000 schools were constructed in 15 states, representing one of...