WSPA: 50,000 names added to the Slave Deeds of Buncombe Co. Project. “Buncombe County’s Register of Deeds has added 50,000 names to the Slave Deeds of Buncombe County Project research database. Buncombe Co. officials said this was possible because of a partnership with UNC Greensboro and a $294,000 grant. The database shows the deeds of slaves in 13 counties of N.C. from 1776 through 1865 and it is meant to help African Americans learn more about their past.”
Wilton House Museum: Black Craftspeople Across the Virginia Landscape. “The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive seeks to enhance what we know about Black craftspeople by telling both a spatial story and a historically informed story that highlights the lives of Black craftspeople and the objects they produced. This fall, the BCDA will launch the Virginia portion of the archive and map. Together, we will dive into the lives of these Virginians, learn their stories, and understand how they shaped the landscape and material culture of the state.” October 21.
USA Today: Black genealogists’ surprising findings using Ancestry’s digitized U.S. Freedmen’s records
USA Today: Black genealogists’ surprising findings using Ancestry’s digitized U.S. Freedmen’s records. “In August, Ancestry released what it says is the most extensive and searchable Freedmen’s Bureau records by making available more than 3.5 million documents from the National Archives and Records Administration. Some records date back to 1846. And more than a month since the release, researchers like [Regina] Vaughn are discovering things on Ancestry they say would’ve taken them years, or things they would have never found. The site includes details such as labor contracts, bank records, marriage licenses, schools, and food and clothing for emancipated Black Americans.”
Bay State Banner: Black, queer and part of Boston’s history. “Inspired by the racial reckonings of 2020, The History Project, New England’s largest archives of LGBTQ materials, is working to flesh out its collection related to Black queer history. Funded by a Mass Humanities Digital Capacity Grant and spearheaded by Community Curator Fellow Micha Broadnax and Community Connector slandie prinston, Documenting Black Queer Boston will provide physical and digital records for the community to experience and build on.”
University of Connecticut: History Professor Uncovers Missing Parts of a Prominent Life. “Cornelia Dayton, a professor of history at UConn, has helped uncover some missing pieces in the life story of Phillis Wheatley, author of the first volume of poetry published by an African American. In a prize-winning research paper recently published in the New England Quarterly, Dayton describes her findings on the later parts of Wheatley’s life.” A Web site showcasing the research is underway.
UConn Today: New Website Developed By Neag School Will Assist High School History Teachers. “Connecticut is the first state in the nation to mandate that all of its high schools offer an elective class on Black and Latinx history. These classes must be taught by the fall of 2022, but many high schools have added them to the curriculum this year. Alan Marcus, a professor of curriculum and instruction in UConn’s Neag School of Education, has led a team that developed a website to assist high school teachers with the instruction of this course.” I took a quick look and didn’t see anything that was state-specific.
University of Arkansas: NEH Grant Funds Summer Institute on Nelson Hackett’s Flight From Slavery. “The $170,000 grant will bring 36 K-12 educators from across the nation to the U of A to study the story of Nelson Hackett, an enslaved man who fled both Fayetteville and bondage in 1841. Hackett’s flight set off an international legal battle that ensured Canada remained a haven for those escaping from slavery in the U.S. South….The Nelson Hackett Project is available free online and can be accessed anytime by anyone wishing to become acquainted with this amazing story.”
Digital Library of Georgia: Birth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online
Digital Library of Georgia: Birth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online. “The Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home in Camilla, Georgia, and the Digital Library of Georgia have worked together to digitize and present online the birth registers of the mothers and babies born at the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home between 1949-1971.”