This Week's Pod Cast

Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at .

New this week:


Bernice Bennett’s Show–Research at the National Archives & Beyond

Tune in for her recent guest–Dr. Eve Semien Baham. She spoke at length about her work to document the African American history of Covington Louisiana. This was a fascinating dialogue and much to gain as genealogists by hearing of her work.


Schomburg Declared National Historic Landmark

The Schomburg Research Center for Black Research has been recently honored with the distinction as a National Historic Landmark. This research facility based in Harlem, is a major repository and place to conduct history on African American history, and culture. I have researched there and have found it to be an amazing repository. This was announced along with 23 other places given this honor. A second site–the home of Medgar and Erlie Evers was also designated as a national landmark.


New Index For Mississippi Researchers: Black Marriages of Tate County 1873-1900 

A great tool is now available for Mississippi genealogists. If you have an interest in Tate County, particularly in those years after the Civil War up to the 20th century, then a new index will interest you. The index to Black Marriages of Tate County has now been digitized and uploaded for researchers. This might give you an exact year of marriage for many ancestors based there, so take some time and examine the index.


National Parks Service Gives $7.5 Million for Civil Rights Sites

Many sites that impacted the lives of people throughout the 20th century have been marked as historically significant. The National Parks Service has committed itself as an agency that honors many landmarks, including those places where demonstrations or historical event occurred. As as result some funds have also been set aside to mark many of those places.  See the recent Press Release HERE.

Also note that this is a great time for us all to look at our own communities and write about those places where dramatic change for good occurred. The site might not have national significance-but it is still important nevertheless.


Georgetown 272 Descendants Form Organization
I frequently speak about the need to document the community of our ancestors. We also heard Bernice Bennett’s guest speak about her own work to mobilize a community to document its own story also. Well–many of your are familiar with the story of the sale of slaves by Jesuit priests who needed money to expand Georgetown University. Well the descendants of those who were sold, are now organizing to take control of their own story. This may be something that other communities may wish to undertake as well. Take a look at their website–this may be a model to follow for others that share a common history.
Well, thanks for tuning in again this week for the podcast. You are appreciated, and I am grateful that you took some time to spend here.  In the meantime, icy and snow is moving across the country this weekend, so stay dry and safe. This is a great time to stay home and do some work. So remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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