Black Wide-Awake Program on Front Page of Wilson Daily Times

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Our program the night before last was on the front page of the Wilson Daily Times today!  They did misspell the title of the program as “Black Live Awake” instead of Black Wide- Awake and the surname Artis as “Artists”  but hey most of it was right.

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Black Wide Awake: The Roots of Wilson’s African American Community

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Burn the date, Tuesday, February 9, 2016, into your brains because there is going to be a sublime program here at WCPL with a powerhouse of eastern NC, African American history and genealogy by the name of Lisa Y. Henderson.  That was a long sentence.

Dr. Joseph H. Ward

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On Tuesday October 28 a local genealogy phenom (although she is now a lawyer in Atlanta) will present her findings on Dr. Joseph H. Ward, an African American doctor who was born in Wilson in 1870.   Although he began his life in Wilson, a place that at the time had few prospects for an African Americans, by the 1890’s he was in Indianapolis practicing medicine as a licensed physician.  Come and listen to Lisa tell how she untangled the complicated history of his life and family.

In the mean time get absorbed in her brilliant blog about the history and genealogy of the free and enslaved persons of color in North Carolina, Scuffalong: Genealogy

Eric Foner’s Reconstruction is 25

The influential and seminal work by Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America’s unfinished revolution,  is 25 years old this year.  I read this book for a history class at the University of South Carolina.  It was a real eye opener on the promises and ultimate failure that was Reconstruction in the South after the Civil War. Above is a video of Eric Foner discussing his work at the Organization of American Historians annual meeting in San Francisco.

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