Archives for March 2009

The Historian Who Lived What He Taught

John Hope Franklin, who died yesterday at 94, was one of the most remarkable Americans of the 20th century. He was the master of the great American story of that century, the story of race. John Hope wrote it, he taught it, and he lived it. Read More … [Read more...]

National Archives Hosts Fifth Genealogy Fair, April 22-23, 2009

The National Archives will host its fifth annual Genealogy Fair. This year's two-day program will showcase Federal records located at the National Archives and professional genealogy organizations' resources for family history research. Sessions include introductions to genealogy research, census records, Freedman's Bureau records, immigration records, Congressional records, Native American records, and much more. National Archives staff will demonstrate how to use databases including the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) and Access to Archival Databases (AAD). The fair will provide information … [Read more...]

Founded by slaves: A unique S.C. town

Lincolnville is the only South Carolina town founded by freed slaves and free blacks that still exists, as well as the only one named after Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president. Read More … [Read more...]

Historic cemetery restored, dedicated

For years, the final resting place of two freed slaves and their descendants lay forgotten, covered by leaves and brush off of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway. After the cemetery was rediscovered last year, staff from the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) and volunteers worked to clean up and document the small wooded plot where Uncle John and Jane Burgess and 16 family members are buried. Read More … [Read more...]

Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin

Few people know the story of Claudette Colvin: When she was 15, she refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white person — nine months before Rosa Parks did the very same thing. Read More … [Read more...]

Gates keeps going back to roots

On the heels of a successful PBS series documenting the ancestry of 19 African-Americans, Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates has published a book about the exercise. "'African American Lives: Back to Our Roots' tells their stories in more detail than we had time to tell in the series and tells people how to go about all this," Gates told Read More … [Read more...]

Case Study: Two Negro Boys Named Elijah and Frank: The Search for My Slave Roots

Initially my motives were less than noble—I wanted money for school. Because my family’s oral history claimed that we descended from Cherokee Indians, I thought that if I documented my family’s roots, I might be able tap into scholarship funds for Native American descendants.In December 1999, I started my quest. Read More … [Read more...]