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Some news from CIC member institutions:
- “Center’s work honored with historic preservation award,” Roanoke College News (November 23, 2022): LINK. “Roanoke College’s commitment to shedding light on a difficult part of history has been recognized with a 2022 award from the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation. … [The award recognizes] a new walking tour that guides visitors through the history of enslaved labor on Roanoke College’s campus.” Roanoke College is an Institutional Affiliate of the Legacies network.
- James Dissette, “Slaves and Klansmen in the Family: A Chat with Washington College Fellow Edward Ball,” The Talbot Spy (November 19, 2022): LINK. Ball is an award-winning historian of slave-owning and white supremacy (with an honest focus on his own family heritage) and a fellow at Washington College’s Starr Center for the American Experience.
- Agatha Echenique, “An Overview of the Racial Reconciliation Commission’s Nov. 10 Town Hall,” Hilltop Monitor (November 18, 2022): LINK. An update on William Jewell College’s efforts to “confront the legacy of slavery and systematic racism on our campus.”
- “Bridgewater College Professor of History Emeritus Studies Emancipation in the Valley,” Bridgewater College (November 17, 2022): LINK. Bridgewater’s Stephen Longenecker “is researching primary sources of African American commemoration of emancipation in an effort to create a digital history project exploring the subject.” He is part of a research team organized by the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University (an Institutional Affiliate of the Legacies network).
Other links from the past two weeks:
- Jay Reeves, “Slavery’s ghost haunts cotton gin factory’s transformation,” AP via the Kenosha News (November 22, 2022): LINK. “There’s no painless way to explain the history of a massive brick structure being renovated into apartments in this central Alabama city [Prattville]—a factory that played a key role in the expansion of slavery before the Civil War.”
- Tracey Teo, “A museum 2,300 years in the making,” BBC Travel (November 21, 2022): LINK. The International African American Museum—which opens in Charleston, SC, in January 2023—”provides a broad context for the African American experience, a narrative that starts with ancient African civilizations and goes through modern times.”
- Johanna Alonso, “A Building by Any Other Name: New Policies Guide Removal of Controversial Building Names,” Inside Higher Education (November 18, 2022): LINK. Discusses efforts by CIC member University of Richmond and other colleges to rename buildings that commemorate slaveholders, white supremacists, and other unsavory historical figures.
- Drew Gilpin Faust, “The Grimke Sisters and the Indelible Stain of Slavery,” The Atlantic (December 2022): LINK. In this review of Kerri K. Greenidge, The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family (Liveright, 2022), Faust explores the intergenerational trauma of slavery as it played out in a unique family of slaveholders, abolitionists, and former slaves.