Feb. 19 Webinar on Carter G. Woodson Celebrates Black History Month

 “Illuminating the Life and Work of Carter G. Woodson through His Papers”

Celebrate Black History Month with the Library of Congress through the papers of its founder, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson.

Known as the “father of Black history” in 1915 Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). Eleven years later he started the annual February commemoration that has since blossomed into Black History Month, this year with the theme “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”

On this hundredth anniversary of the ASALH’s founding, join Manuscript Division archivist Joseph Brooks to explore the documents that chronicle Woodson’s groundbreaking achievements as a pioneering historian and public intellectual. Comprising some 18,000 items, the Carter Godwin Woodson Papers collection at the Library of Congress brings together an array of significant materials including:

* Woodson’s own correspondence and papers;
* a broad variety of records that document African and African-American peoples, events, organizations and movements; and,
* the papers of the ASALH and its publications.

The son of former slaves, Woodson went on to earn a doctorate from Harvard. He made it his life’s work to study, document and promote the substantial achievements and struggles of African Americans while highlighting their contribution to American life. Join us in learning more about Woodson’s own leadership and contributions in this anniversary year.

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
URL: http://loc.gov/rr/program/web-discussions.html

Web discussions are held in real time via webinar software, which allows participants from around the country and the world to join us. Registration is required. Confirmation and log on instructions will be sent via email.

Questions? Ask A Librarian at http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-digital.html

Source – Library of Congress

The History Behind the Mini Series – The Book of Negroes (This is a repost of blog article from National Archives)

Record of the Week: The Book of Negroes

by on February 5, 2015

This February, the Rediscovering Black History blog is kicking off a new feature – the Record of the Week. Every Thursday during Black History Month there will be a post highlighting one of the records from the National Archives’ vast holdings.

The Inspection Roll of Negroes (NAID 5890797), more commonly referred to as the Book of Negroes, is a record that is not widely known, but will soon become more prominent and recognized for its value to the history of American slavery, the Revolutionary War, and Canadian history. In the middle of Black History Month, Black Entertainment Television (BET) will air a three-part miniseries based on the novel The Book of Negroes (or Someone Knows My Name) by Lawrence Hill. The novel and miniseries tells the story of Aminata Diallo, a protagonist whose life is forever changed because of this real-life historical document.

The Book of Negroes is actually a set of two ledgers that lists the names, ages, and descriptive information of about 3,000 enslaved African Americans, indentured servants, and freedmen that were evacuated from the United States along with British soldiers at the conclusion of the American Revolution. Over the extent of about 200 pages, this record captures what is now invaluable genealogical information such as where a person was held in slavery, their owner’s name, and when and how the person obtained freedom.

Why was the list generated in the first place? At the suggestion of Sir Guy Carleton (commander of British forces during the War), the list was effectively an IOU to the United States. Per the terms of the Treaty of Paris (NAID 299805), the United Kingdom was supposed to return all property that was seized during the War, including slaves. Sir Carleton took exception with that component; for he intended to keep the promise of freedom that was made to African Americans who joined and fought for the British in the course of the Revolution (declarations such as Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation were made as early as 1775). Instead of giving in to the terms, Carleton negotiated that this Book of Negroes be made, as a way to tally the loss of ‘property’ to the US, of which the British government would compensate for at a later date. A record of that check has not been found.

The 3,000 people that were listed in the Book of Negroes were evacuated by ship to the colony of Nova Scotia. From there many of the new African Canadians continued on and settled back on the continent of Africa, establishing the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. During that voyage, in a bit of great irony, the ships that carried about 1,000 freed persons to a new home passed many ships that would bring thousands more enslaved peoples to the United States.

The National Archives in Kew, London holds the British version of the record. The Book of Negroes will air on BET February 16, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m.

Follow the link below to access the original blog post


MLK Heirs Fight Over Family Heirlooms

Priceless heirloom or hot commodity. Would you part with a family treasure for any amount of money? Should individuals stipulate in their will what should or shouldn’t happen with precious items after their passing? Are some items literally priceless?  Food for thought.  To learn more about this particular story click on the link below.


Newspapers as a Research Source – Great Website “Chronicling America “

Chron Amer

If one is open there is always a new tidbit that can be learned. Today while teaching a genealogy class one of the participants shared with me a great website that allows researchers to access newspapers from across America.

The website offers access to historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. The time frame that can be searched on the website is 1836 – 1922. The site is sponsored jointly by The National Endowment for the Humanities & The Library of Congress.


Check out the site and tell me what you think! Were you able to find something useful?

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

Nichelle ~