Understanding the History and Genealogy of 19th-Century African-Americans

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Provided by Prince William County

The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center for Genealogy and Local History (RELIC) will host several programs in February in honor of Black History Month.

Ellie Hill from the Manassas Museum will talk about A School of Their Own: Industrial Education in Post-Reconstruction Virginia. Former slave Jennie Dean recognized that there were few educational opportunities for African Americans in the late 19th century. Dean was inspired to uplift her people with vision, faith and exceptional fund raising to establish the school for young people of color in Manassas.  Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Author and genealogist Char McCargo-Bah will talk about Using Genealogical Research and Nonfiction to Write Your Family History. She will examine why it’s important to write a family history. Once people have done their family research and know the stories, it might be time to write those stories down for their families, the future genealogical community and coming generations. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

RELIC’s Don Wilson will talk about African American Genealogy: Tracking Families Before the Civil War. He’ll show how to find information regarding an African American family’s history prior to 1865. There are special challenges to finding family documentation during the age of slavery, since few records were kept. Wilson will use a case study approach to demonstrate how to identify resources to trace lives and relationships. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

RELIC will host Buffalo Soldiers During the Civil War. The program uses experts in military history and reenactments to talk about the 200,000 black soldiers who served in the Federal Army during the Civil War. After the war, the soldiers, called Buffalo Soldiers, decided not to return to a life of sharecropping and racial oppression. Instead, they decided to remain with the U.S. Army and battle outlaws and Indian raiders along the western frontier. Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

All events will be held at the Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas.


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