This school year has been designated the “Year of Freedom” at VCU, and will host events honoring the emancipation of the enslaved in and around Virginia. Here are the details for the first event:
Unknown No Longer: A New Database to Track the Enslaved
by Lauranette L. Lee, Curator of African American History Paige Newman, Assistant Archivist Virginia Historical Society
A name is a powerful thing. What were the names of the enslaved Africans and African-Americans who built Virginia? Recently, the Virginia Historical Society created a path breaking new online data- base to gather all the names of enslaved Virginians who appear in the millions of documents that make up the society’s collections. Titled, Unknown No Longer, the database seeks to lift from the ob- scurity of unpublished historical records as much biographical detail as remains of the enslaved Vir- ginians named in those documents. In some cases there may only be a name on the list; in others more details survive, including family relationships, occupations, and life dates. An ongoing project, Unknown No Longer: A Virginia Slave Name Database has been launched publicly as a work in pro- gress. Lauranette Lee, curator of African American history and Paige Newman, assistant archivist, will introduce us to a world that has been forgotten for too long.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 12pm (feel free to bring your lunch)
Monroe Park Campus, Student Commons, Forum Room, 907 Floyd Avenue
For more information or special accommodation contact, Ryan K. Smith, Department of History, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 804 828-1635