This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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From Georgia–the latest from the Georgia State Archives:
Governor Nathan Deal has stated that he will work diligently to keep the state Archives open to the public. This comes a week after the announcement that the Archives will close on November 1st. Let’s all watch this story closely and continue to be an advocate.

Well it is fall folks and lots of thing unfolding. I have mentioned many times the upcoming events in October, but there are some lesser known events taking place as well.

From Remington Virginia: Crossing the Rappahanock, a Pilgrimage to Freedom
This will be a commemorative event depicting the story of the enslaved people freeing themselves from bondage. This event has been seen by many of your in the famous photo by Timothy O’Sullivan taken when the slaves from Culpepper Virginia crossed the river into Faquier County. This will take place near Remington Virginia from 9 to 12 noon tomorrow, rain or shine. More on this event at the link above.

October 1st Richmond Virginia
Library of Virginia will present
Where History Begins: Celebrating Our Successes to Be Held on October 1

The Library of Virginia will kick off Archives Month in style on October 1 by offering Where History Begins: Celebrating Our Successes, a workshop for local historical and genealogical societies. The day-long workshop will feature concurrent sessions in the morning and afternoon.

Louisiana Researchers
A great show took place last night on Bernice Bennett’s show, with Judy Riffel discussing genealogical resources for the entire state of Louisiana.

Louisiana State Archives
Louisiana Gen Web site:
Louisiana Land Office Site
Louisiana State University Special Collections
Louisiana Digital Library
New Orleans Public Library
New Orleans Notarial Archives
Louisiana Supreme Court
Historic New Orleans Collection
Archdiocese of New Orleans
Notre Dame University (Indiana)
Afro-Louisiana History& Genealogy (Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall) An amazing database of Louisiana Slaves
Le Comite des Archives (a non-profit group that supports the state archives)

The holdings in Louisiana and last night’s show should inspire all of us to look at the unique holdings in our own home state and to explore the special archives and libraries there as well. Bernice Bennett’s show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio.

October will be an amazing month with conferences galore—-from Chicago, to Salt Lake City and points in between. If you are not attending these events check to see what is going on in your own immediate area. Example—follow the actions of Joseph McGill and the Slave Dwelling Project.

There are so many things out there to inspire us and to encourage us all to look outside of ourselves, and to look beyond the usual places. Let’s take the wonderful cues from our colleagues and dare to find those unique pieces of information in the unusual places. They await us and those stories need to be told.

Well thanks for listening once again. I appreciate your sharing information with me, and for taking time out each week to tune in. In the meantime, please continue to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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