Friday, September 14, 2012

The Remembering Project Presented by Dr. Michael Blakey, Anthropologist

As part of the African American Community Lecture Series at the Main Library, Dr. Michael Blakely is going to discuss the digital mapping project "The Remembering Project" on September 19 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. 

The Remembering Project 
The Remembering Slavery, Resistance and Freedom Project (the Remembering Project) was established to engage the community of  African descendants throughout Virginia to develop memorial events, exhibits and/or programs for the Sesquicentennial that honors the rich and complex lives, histories, contributions, innovations, and sacrifices of enslaved Africans and African Americans. 

One way the Project intends to memorialize the contributions of individuals of African descendants in Virginia, is by identifying the cemeteries of the people who were enslaved.  As the group approach the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, they recognized the deep significance of burials in remembering the contributions Africans and African Americans to Virginia and the nation as a whole.

The Remembering Project is developing a database of known cemetery sites.  Please join us at the Main Library to learn more about this exciting project and help disseminate information about this project.  Be sure that your family cemeteries are included in this database.

Dr. Michael Blakey

Dr. Michael Blakey is the Director of the Institute for Historical Biology at the College of William and Mary. He is a physical anthropologist known for analysis and interpretation of the important evidence uncovered at the 1991 African Burial Ground in Manhattan. Dr. Blakey, set the precedence and is world renowned for his scholarly work on this project. In 2012, he was recognized and celebrated for his contributions as one of the Library of Virginia African American Trailblazers. 

Click here for more information about the The Remembering Project.

Call 646-7223 for more details about the program.

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