Date(s) - 06/17/2021
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
The Black Heritage Trail of NH opens its three-day celebration of Juneteenth, June 17 to 19, with a virtual workshop on Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 10am to 2:30pm, entitled “Finding Our Roots: Researching Black History and Genealogy.”
Moderated by Kabria Baumgartner, Associate Professor of English at the University of NH, and author of In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America (NYU Press, 2019), the program features four speakers. Public historian, Shawn Halifax, will begin with suggestions and guidelines for researching African ancestors and discuss his ongoing research into Abolitionist and Civil War Veteran, Martin Becker, an Asian-African American who was born in Surinam
and who, for a time, lived in New Hampshire. Professor Robert Bellinger founder and director of the Black Studies Program at Suffolk University will share his experience in exploring the genealogy of his own African American family. Two experts from the University of Arizona: Charmaine Bonner, Processing Archivist, and Jessica Salow, Specialist in the Community-Driven Archives Initiative will lead off the afternoon with a session on primary source materials, helpful databases, and other resources available to family history researchers. Tonya Ward Singer, a Moffatt, Ladd, and Langdon descendant, will discuss her efforts to find the descendants of the people who were enslaved by her ancestors in order to understand and heal from the legacies of racial violence and white silence. The cost of the virtual workshop is $40.
To register for the above workshop or to access information about other Juneteenth programs, please go to http://blackheritagetrailnh.org/, or call (603) 570-8469.