Join historian Annette Gordon-Reed (author of On Juneteenth and the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Hemingses of Monticello) as she leads a panel discussion about the importance of oral histories in understanding how individuals and communities experienced the forces of history.

Andrew Davenport, Public Historian & Manager of the Getting Word African American Oral History Project, will discuss Getting Word‘s near 28-year history and how descendants are “getting word” to us today about their lives, their families, and their dreams.

Justin Reid is the director of Community Initiatives at Virginia Humanities and co-founder of The Lemon Project, which is aimed to address the history of slavery at the College of William & Mary.

Alan Rice is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Central Lancashire and co-director of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) and director of the UCLan Lancashire Research Centre in Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX). Together they will discuss the importance of learning from the past to grapple with issues that face us today.

This virtual event is free to attend but registration is required. Part of the week-long Transatlantic Slavery Symposium, co-hosted by the Benjamin Franklin House in London, Mount Vernon and Monticello.

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