This Week's Pod Cast


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It is great to be here today only a few days out from historic MAAGI, the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute, in St. Louis Missour, at Harris-Stowe State University. The tracks are all ready to unfold and I am so excited! The tracks are outlined for you on the MAAGI WEBSITE and they all promise to offer so much more than a mere conference! Track 1 hosted by Dr. Shelley Murphy, is a Back to Basics session reviewing strategies for beginning the process with the rights tools and methods. Track 2, hosted by Blog Radio personality Bernice Alexander Bennett will explore Technology and how it is used in the genealogy community. Track 3, hosted by Janis Minor Forte, will assist many who find themselves up against the brick walls in the Pre and Post Emancipation Era. Track 4, that I have the honor to host, will look at the considerations that must be made as one contemplates becoming a professional genealogist.

Other events are unfolding this month. A Genealogy beginner’s class will be hosted at NARA facility in New England, (Waltham Massachusetts) on July 13th.

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Good luck to everyone tomorrow in So. Carolina who live in the Charleston area. I know many will be attending the History Day program at Magnolia Gardens from 9 to5 pm. Toni Carrier, Paul Gabarini and Ramona LaRoche will be on hand to assist people with their family research problems and hopefully get some people started on their genealogical journey.

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Later this month in New York there will be a joint effort between the Brooklyn Museum and the Smithsonian, to host an African American Treasures Event. The purpose is to help African Americans preserve their family and personal artifacts. As it says on their website, “Residents in the New York area are encouraged to go through their old trunks, attics, and basements to find up to three small items for a 15-minute consultation with professionals on what the items are and how to care for them. Museum officials are requesting that items be no larger than a shopping bag so they can be handled easily.” Note that this is not an appraisal program, but simply a preservation effort. This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Brooklyn Museum’s Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby, Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This program, “Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation,” will be the 12th in a series held throughout the United States since 2008.

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Interesting piece in the news this week about some amazing African American treasures found at a yard sale. The items ended up being personal memorabilia of the founder of Livingstone College, J.C., Price.
Much of the memorabilia Butler acquired came from the estate of Marvin Krieger, who was a longtime Central Piedmont Community College> Apparently the professor who wrote an article about the Livinstone founder, Joseph Price, called “Joseph Charles Price: Quest for a Negro Spokesman,” which was a detailed research paper on Price’s role in Livingstone’s founding, on his life, and also on the African American community.

The collector plans to hold the collection together, but is not advserse to putting it on Ebay!
I hope that the library or archives at Livingstone will seek to save this collection and to see that it is housed where it belongs. It is good that the collector found it and that it was not trashed, but hopefully the staff at the college will become aware of it also, and perhaps the college can purchase the collection.

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Speaking of news, I kind of got involved indirectly in a news story coming out of Florida. It is the story of misplaced headstone. About 10 days ago an article appeared in the Orlando Sentinel about a misplaced headstone of a Civil War soldier. The stone was that of a Civil War soldier, Anthony Frazier. Turns out the soldier served in the 44th US Colored Infantry. After the war, he returned to his home community with a new bride and they would raise several children in the small country community around Sorrento Florida. I went to the National Archives a week ago, and found his pension file and shared some data with the reporter.

Well a follow up article was written with some of the data that I found in the file. There will be an effort by the Daughters of Union Veterans to have the stone returned to the original cemetery, and placed upright. The experience for me was that I was able to assist with the construction of a life story of a man who lived a simple life as a farmer raising his children and enjoying the freedom that he had fought for and won. The story provided an opportunity for me to take a look into the records and to assist with bringing the name of this forgotten man with a misplaced headstone, to light and back to his community.

Anthony Frazier, was an ordinary man who lived his post Civil War years in dignity and yes, in freedom. His memory deserves to be honored as do all men and women of the past. I am honored to have assisted with the preservation of his name and his service.

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Well, in the meantime, I must be about the business of packing and getting ready for MAAGI. I shall be coming to you next week from St. Louis. In the meantime, thank you so much for listening, and keep doing what you do: keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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