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National Museum of African American History and Culture

NMAAHC

NPR Story

The 1940 Census

National Archives

Genealogy Expo

BAAHGS/AGNES KANE CALLUM CHAPTER, INC.

Presents a

GENEALOGY EXPO

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012

11 A.M. TO 3 P.M.

NORTHWOOD PRATT LIBRARY

4420 LOCH RAVEN BLVD.

Come learn about the many aspects of researching your family’s roots from the members of BAAHGS

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A Beginning Genealogy Workshop

Research Trips

Black Indians

Personal Histories

Genealogy Displays

DVD Presentations

Questions & Answer Sessions

& More

BAAHGS Meeting March 3

Book Description

Publication Date: February 7, 2012
Part detective tale, part social and cultural narrative, “Black Gotham” is Carla Peterson’s riveting account of her quest to reconstruct the lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. As she shares their stories and those of their friends, neighbours, and business associates, she illuminates the greater history of African-American elites in New York City. “Black Gotham” challenges many of the accepted “truths” about African-American history, including the assumption that the phrase “nineteenth-century black Americans” means enslaved people, that “New York state before the Civil War” refers to a place of freedom, and that a black elite did not exist until the twentieth century. Beginning her story in the 1820s, Peterson focuses on the pupils of the Mulberry Street School, the graduates of which went on to become eminent African-American leaders. She traces their political activities as well as their many achievements in trade, business, and the professions against the backdrop of the expansion of scientific racism, the trauma of the Civil War draft riots, and the rise of Jim Crow. Told in a vivid, fast-paced style, “Black Gotham” is an important account of the rarely acknowledged achievements of nineteenth-century African Americans and brings to the forefront a vital yet forgotten part of American history and culture.

Hampton National Historic Site

2012 African American History Symposium

Reginald F. Lewis Museum Programs

February Calendar of Events

March Calender of Events

Letters of Note

To My Old Master

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