African American Cemetery Symposium

  • Sat, May 20, 2023 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Stratford Hall

    483 Great House Road
    Stratford, Virginia 22520
Ticket Price $0.00-$15.00 This event is now over
Description

Join Stratford Hall for a symposium on memorializing burial grounds of enslaved Africans and African Americans at plantation sites.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Dr. Michael Blakey, National Endowment for the Humanities Professor at the College of William and Mary, Anthropology and American Studies.

SPEAKERS:

Dr. Kami Fletcher, Associate Professor of American & African American History, Albright College

Dr. Antoinette T. Jackson, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, University of South Florida, Director of the USF Heritage Research Lab

PANELISTS:

Linda Whitlock-Brown, Descendant, Stratford Hall, VA

Lenora McQueen, Descendant, Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground, Richmond, VA

Dr. Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration at James Madison’s Montpelier

Alan Spears, Senior Director for Cultural Resources, Government Affairs, National Parks Conservation Association

Steve Hammond, Syphax descendant, family historian, and genealogist

Schedule:

10:00-10:45: Opening Ceremony at the African American Cemetery

Shiloh Baptist Choir, Tanya Cotton, and Slam Stewart

11:00-12:15 Keynote Address, Dr. Michael Blakey, The African Burial Ground Project: 30 years of effects

12:15-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:15 Lecture, Dr. Antoinette T. Jackson, The Museum in Community–Black Cemeteries are Black History

Break

2.30-3.30 Lecture, Dr. Kami Fletcher, African American Burial Grounds as Social Justice Activism

Break

3:45-5:15 Panel Discussion

Linda Whitlock-Brown, Descendant, Stratford Hall, VA

Lenora McQueen, Descendant, Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground, Richmond, VA

Dr. Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration at James Madison’s Montpelier

Alan Spears, Senior Director for Cultural Resources, Government Affairs, National Parks Conservation Association

Steve Hammond, Syphax descendant, family historian, and genealogist

Closing remarks, conclude at 5:30.

Pricing:

Adults (14+): $15

Seniors (60+): $14

Children 6 to 13: $9

Children 5 and under: Free 

Veterans/Military: $13

Students: $10

Friends of Stratford Members: Free

Lunch will be provided and pre-registration is requested. 

The African American Cemetery Symposium is part of a weekend of programming which also includes From the Field to the Big House program on Sunday, May 21st. Lodging available onsite at Stratford Hall: www.stratfordhall.org/lodging.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, Stratford Hall Vice President of Collections & Public Engagement, at kdeetz@stratfordhall.org.

Date & Time

Sat, May 20, 2023 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Venue Details

Stratford Hall

483 Great House Road
Stratford, Virginia 22520 Stratford Hall
Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, Inc.

Stratford Hall brings together people from around the world to experience two-thousand acres of natural and human history, preserved and presented so that we can all learn from the courageous struggles of our ancestors, taking inspiration both from what they endured and what they accomplished. There are few places in America where people can travel down small, rural roads to arrive at a vast site that preserves so many aspects of early-American life, from the Great House where the influential Lee family helped to forge a new nation, to the fields worked by enslaved Africans, to the waters of the rivers that fueled trade, to the ground, which still yields secrets about the people and animals that lived before.

Come experience this extraordinary place and learn about a layered history that began millions of years ago - a history that continues to educate, inspire, and influence Americans to the present day.


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