From Dry Documents to Full Lives - Illuminating the Lives of the Enslaved and Their Descendants
This illustrated lecture shows the broad range of historic records, archival materials, photographs, and other sources used to explore the lives of the enslaved and document their descendants. Based on work from the Hampton Ethnography Project, Weidman will show the step-by-step research that can lead to discovering fuller histories of the enslaved and to identify family groups and the lives of descendants.
Presenter: Gregory R. Weidman is the curator of Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, Maryland. As staff liaison to the Hampton National Historic Site Ethnographic Overview and Assessment Project, she serves on a team of scholars and researchers headed by Cheryl LaRoche of the University of Maryland that investigated the lives of the individuals enslaved at Hampton in the 18th and 19th centuries.