This Week's Pod Cast


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Annual Picnic of the Agnes K. Callum Chapter of African American Genealogy society (AAHGS) will take place tomorrow at the Benjamin Banneker State Park.

Civil War activities are underway, as the sesquicentennial events. Civil War discussions also lead to discussions of Freedom, Emancipation, and even Juneteenth.
And speaking of emancipation and freedom, in Michigan at the Henry Form Museum in Dearborn, the Emancipation Proclamation will be on display for three days. In conjunction with its “Discovering the Civil War Exhibit” which opened on May 21, The Ford Henry (AKA Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum) will have the original Emancipation Proclamation on display from the National Archives for three days only, June 20-22, 2011. They are also inviting re-enactment groups to serve as an honor guard while on display. For more information see:

NOTE: The Henry Ford is hoping for additional responses to its invitation to US Colored Troops groups/units to participate during the Emancipation Proclamation’s display. Any unit that has received a personal invitation to participate in a vigil and encampment and act as a honor guard is urged to contact the museum as soon as possible.

Georgia State Archives, Morrow Georgia June 9,
The Friends of Georgia Archives & History present Lunch and Learnwith Dr. Timothy Ericson from the University of Wisconsin. “The Prescott Project” explores a large, previously unknown African American community in Northwestern Wisconsin that was recently discovered by accident. Established prior to the Civil War, during the 1870’s and 1880’s it had become one of the largest rural African American communities in Wisconsin, but by 1900 it had almost disappeared. Bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Where: Georgia Archives , 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia
When: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

As many of you know I have a strong interest in preservation. I devoted a blog post to the need for preservation as I spoke about the missing landmarks and historically black sites in Oklahoma.

I am happy to note that there is a strong amount of activity regarding preservation in Oklahoma, as I was Reading about the statewide preservation conference coming up. There is an ongoing effort to explore the old estate of Robert Jones, a large slave holder of Oklahoma. I hope that they will locate slave dwelling foundations and slave burial grounds.

Juneteenth is coming up and the Prince George’s county AAHGS is hosting their annual conference.As we know that this is now a national celebration of emancipation. The origins occurred in Galveston TX when slave learned of their freedom. This date has been embraced by many as a symbolic embracing of the end of slavery, though the actual time of freedom varied from community to community. This is a good time to explore your own family story of freedom—how did slavery end for them?

So as summer begins, let us keep some of these thoughts of preservation and history in mind. Have a great week!

Thank you all for listening. Please keep busy and continue your work. Keep researching, keep documenting, and always, keep sharing what you find.

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