Angela Y. Walton-Raji on May 20th, 2016

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back! This has been a busy week! And a shout out to those who are attending the gathering of historians in Washington DC, hosted at the Smithsonian, looking at “The Future of the African American Past.” They are scholars in African American history, who are taking a look at African American history as a discipline, and hope that you will catch some on Saturday as well, as they are being live streamed.  Listen to the presentations HERE. I should also point out that the conference papers can also be downloaded HERE.

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New Co-habitation Records Found!

Thanks to the efforts of the Westmoreland County Clerk of the Circuit Court and her staff, the county’s cohabitation register and register of children, both 1866, were recently rediscovered. The pages will be conserved, digitized, and added to the on-going cohabitation register digital project.  The records will rest on a digital project at the Library of Virginia and can be explored here. 

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The International Black Genealogy Summit Schedule has been posted!


The schedule for the Black Genealogy Summit is now available. Please take a look–a lot of familiar names and some new names are among the speakers. I am looking forward to being there, and looking towards meetings friends and colleagues at this event in northern Virginia in early September! Take a close look at the conference schedule.

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The Georgetown Memory Project has been in the news quite a bit the past several weeks. The effort to study the incidence of slavery among Jesuits has somehow become big news as it is just capturing the attention of the public. Over 200 enslaved people were sold south, to allow Georgetown University to expand.

There is now an effort now to re-establish contact and to find descendants of the slaves of the Georgetown slaves sent south to Louisiana.

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Well last night on Bernice Bennett’s show featured the lead genealogist Judy Riffel, and a descendant of one of the Jesuit held slaves who now lives in the state of Washington. I have been fascinated to look at the stories of people who are descendants. I am surprised at how surprised the descendants are. The slave holders were priests who were men of their day. Slavery was horrific, and everyone–even the most well respected, also found enslavement of other people to be perfectly acceptable. Tune in to last night’s show if you missed it. Her show can be heard every Thursday evening on Blog Talk Radio at 9 pm.

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Well time to wrap things up this week, and thank you so much for taking time to listen. You are appreciated for tuning in and thank you for your messages and notes this week!  And remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

Angela Y. Walton-Raji on May 13th, 2016

This Week's Pod Cast


Arkansas Black History Commission Announces Symposium

Press Release:   May 6, 2016

Little Rock – The Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, June 4, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The symposium’s theme, “African American Arts in Arkansas,” will feature speakers Delita Martin, Garbo Hearne, Garland Martin Taylor, and Arkansas History Commission staff member Jeff Lewellen.

Topics include “Talking Palette, Hidden Artist: The Art of Arkansas’s Henry Lewis Jackson,” “The Soul of Arkansas: A History of Arkansas’s African American Musicians,” and “In Search of Self: The Preservation of Culture through African American Art.” There will also be a presentation about African American authors from Arkansas.

The seminar is free to attend but registration is required. For more information about the event, please contact the event planners at or call 501-682-6900. This event is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council.


Southern California Genealogy Society
Hosts African American Track an Annual Conference

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Photos of Life in the 1950s on Dafuskie Island

Some beautiful images from Dafuski Island were shared this week in social media. The  island rests off the coast of the US mainland and were taken by Jeanne Mouttoussamy-Ashe, the well known photographer. They were used in her book on Dafuskie Island. The good news is that her amazing collection has been donated to the new Smithsonian museum scheduled to open in September, NMAAHC.

These black-and-white photographs show the residents of a long-isolated island off the east coast of the United States.

Inhabited by the descendants of slaves, Daufuskie Island is just three miles from the U.S. mainland, but the island has no bridge and had no electricity until the 1950s.

The pictures were taken by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, the wife of the late tennis player Arthur Ashe, during visits to the island between 1977 and 1981.


Black Pro Gen Hangout this week!


Abolitionist Art Discussed on Bernice Bennett’s Show


Last night’s guest on Bernice Bennett’s show featured Maurie McInnis, author of Slaves for Sale. This featured a fascinating discussion on the impact of how artists presented slavery in American to parties in Europe. Their art impacted a world reaction to the horrors of American slavery. The discussion was a sobering one, and went into descriptions not only of the art, but also of the horrors and sadness of major sales of slaves.  The show airs every Thursday evening on Blog Talk Radio at 9 pm.


News from MAAGI! New Scholarships Announced!

Evolution Scholarship Award

For the third year in a row, Evolution Consulting is offering a scholarship for one participant to attend Track 1. To apply, Evolution Consulting Group says tell us why you feel you need to attend MAAGI Track 1. Tell us what you need and how it will benefit your research/brick wall. Please no more than 500 word submissions.  Apply by 12 midnight May 30th. Scholarship covers tuition only, value is $325.  Submit to: with 2016 Scholarship in the subject line.

AfriGeneas Offering 3 scholarships for participants in the Writing Track, (Track 4)
One full scholarship is available and two half scholarships are available.To apply submit a 500 word essay on how the writing track will assist you in your plans to turn your genealogical endeavors into a written project. Submit your essay to In the subject line, type Writing Track.

Applications are due on May 31st and winners will be announced on June 5th.

For more information on all scholarships, go to MAAGI SCHOLARHIPS PAGE.


Special opportunity for MAAGI Writing Track

MAAGI Coupon

Are you interested in participating in the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute in Ft. Wayne Indiana? Have you thought about taking the Writing Track? If so, then you have an opportunity to win a discount coupon that will be raffled off each week (via between May 20 – June 3r.  If you are interested you only have to send an email to with MAAGI in the subject line. In the message simply type MAAGI Track 4, and your name. A drawing will take place each Friday from May 20 – June 3rd. Winners will be announced on the Podcast, and will be contacted via email. Registration with be required by June 10th.

Well time to wind it down again for this week. So many things are going on I hope that you will have a chance to register for the wonderful events that are emerging. Thank you for taking time to tune in this week! Your time and attention is always appreciated! In the meantime, have a great week and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keeps haring what you find!

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