Monthly Archives: May 2009

African Roots Podcast #5 May 1, 2009

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
My name is Angela Walton-Raji.
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May is the month when attention is given to preservation of cemeteries. You may wish to attend the Colonial Slave Cemetery Symposium in Portsmouth New Hampshire on May 9th from 9 to 3:30. Information can be obtained by phoning the library at 603-431-2768.

North Carolina and Florida researchers will enjoy exploring the Florida Memory website. This site hosts a number of digital images and wonderful audio files. On the site one will find a slave document from the Elliott Family Papers, depicting the names of the slaves. The document can be found at: Some wonderful audio clips including old recordings from the 1950s can also be heard on the Florida site:
Fans of the Harlem Renaissance will especially enjoy listening to the Zora Neale Hurston files that she made when she worked for the WPA in the 1930s. Enjoy these audio files at:

One gentleman from Onslow County NC has truly become a pioneer in the preservation of African American cemeteries. Jack Robinson has painstakingly documented several cemeteries and has put a good amount of his own time and money and has influenced others in his community to preserve and appreciate the untold stories of the black community. His work on the Brick Mill Cemetery project and other works can be found at: He deserves our support and our respect for his tireless efforts.

In Wilmington NC all eyes will be on the project begun by Hands on Wilmington. Their work on Pine Forest Cemetery will prevent a major cemetery from going into ruin. Their story and their work can be found at:

Good wishes are extended to PAAC –Preservation of African American Cemeteries. This Arkansas based organization will host its annual meeting at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro Arkansas on May 15-16. Hopefully this organization will grow into a national organization providing a platform for cemetery preservationists to share resources and methods, and to widen enlighten the public on the need to restore and preserve the burial sites of our African American ancestors. More information about the conference is located at:
“An ancestor never dies, till there is no one left to say their name.”

Join me next week for the next African Roots Podcast.

Keep researching
Keep documenting
Keep sharing what you find.