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December 2016

Pleasant Plains School’s 150th Anniversary

December 11, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Pleasant Plains Baptist Church,
US 13 and Pleasant Plains Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910 United States
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This is the 1920 Pleasant Plains School House, funded in part by Julius Rosenwald. His portrait is in the three-room schoolhouse. Pleasant Plains Baptist Church leaders founded its Pleasant Plains School the year after the end of the Civil War.  Before then, there were no schools for people of color, enslaved or free.  The school, its church, leaders and students went on to establish other school in the area and in Virginia.  The most notable daughter…

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February 2017

Keynote speech by Marvin T. Jones

February 4 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Laurel Family History Center,
7200 Contee Road
Laurel, MD United States
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Marvin T. Jones is the keynote speaker at the 2017 Black History Month Genealogy Conference (BHM) hosted by the State of Maryland and Washington DC chapters of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) and the African- American Special Interest Group, Washington DC Family History Center.  The conference is scheduled for Saturday February 4, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the Laurel Family History Center. The theme for the 2017 conference is “From the Archives to the Classroom…

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March 2017

15th Public Showing of CAMPAIGNS OF MOLLY HUNDLEY

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives,
1201 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, directed by Kimberley Springle, gave us plenty of assistance when we were researching for our two Dunbar films.  We are pleased to present the latest one at the Charles Sumner. From 1921 to 1955, Mrs. Mary Gibson Hundley was an exacting teacher of French and Latin at the famous Dunbar High School in Washingon, D.C.  The film's title reflects Mrs. Hundley’s educational advancement against racism at her college; her drive to encourage students to excel…

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April 2017

Dunbar High School’s Classic Age – 1870 – 1957 film showing

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dept. of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs,
1100 4th St, SW
Wshington, DC United States
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The first public high school for African Americans, the Paul W. Lawrence High School in Washington, D.C. was known for the sterling education given to its students and for the successes they achieved in later life.  Among its famous students are General Benjamin Davis, Sr., Nannie Helen Burroughs, Dr. Charles Drew, Charles Hamilton Houston, Senator Edward Brooke and Elizabeth Catlett.  Notable principals and teachers include  Mary Jane Patterson, Richard T. Greener, Anna Julia Cooper, Christian Fleetwood, Edward C. Williams, Jesse Redmon…

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Winton Triangle History in Tuscon!

April 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Barbea Williams Performing Company,
Dunbar Pavilion - BWPC Dance and Art Academy, 325 West 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 857092 United States
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Marvin T. Jones presents photographs, maps and narrative of his community’s 275 year-old history of landowning mixed-race people in North Carolina’s Hertford County area.  The written history of the Winton Triangle begin in 1584 when the English first learn about the area.  The three main towns of the Triangle are Winton, Cofield and Ahoskie. The Winton Triangle’s story is that of a new people who cobbled success and identity despite colonization, wars, slavery and discrimination.  Jones uses maps, documents and…

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Dunbar High School’s Classic Age – 1870 – 1957 film showing in Georgetown

April 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church,
1334 29th St., NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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The first public high school for African Americans, the Paul W. Lawrence High School in Washington, D.C. was known for the sterling education given to its students and for the successes they achieved in later life.  Among its famous students are General Benjamin Davis, Sr., Nannie Helen Burroughs, Dr. Charles Drew, Charles Hamilton Houston, Senator Edward Brooke and Elizabeth Catlett.  Notable principals and teachers include  Mary Jane Patterson, Richard T. Greener, Anna Julia Cooper, Christian Fleetwood, Edward C. Williams, Jesse Redmon…

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June 2017

PARTY! Sixth Annual Fundraiser for Chowan Discovery

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Bethesda Skyroom,
5750 Bou Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852 United States
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We always have fun on this night - this time on the roof! Chowan Discovery Night, June 3, 6pm on Saturday - the Skybox at 5750 Bou Avenue in Rockville, MD. Bring family and friends! (Park in the shopping center lot behind 5750 Bou Avenue.)

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Dunbar High School’s Classic Age: 1870 – 1957 film showing in Shepherd Park, DC

June 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Shepherd Park Public Library,
7420 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20012 United States
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The first public high school for African Americans, the Paul W. Lawrence High School in Washington, D.C. was known for the sterling education given to its students and for the successes they achieved in later life.  Among its famous students are General Benjamin Davis, Sr., Nannie Helen Burroughs, Dr. Charles Drew, Charles Hamilton Houston, Senator Edward Brooke and Elizabeth Catlett.  Notable principals and teachers include  Mary Jane Patterson, Richard T. Greener, Anna Julia Cooper, Christian Fleetwood, Edward C. Williams, Jesse Redmon…

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July 2017

“Beginnings of African American Literacy” told in Richmond

July 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Richmond Public Library,
101 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States
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This presentation was well-received at the 2017 Black History Conference of the Afro American Genealogical and Historical Society chapters of Washington, D. C. and Maryland.  Marvin T. Jones will tell the stories about how African Americans gained literacy and skills against all odds and how school records are aids to genealogical research.  He will also show how those starting from illiteracy rose to great heights.  Among notable people in the presentation are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Myrilla Miner and…

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September 2017

Haiti and the Civil War presentation

September 2 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Rock Creek Nature Center,
5200 Glover Park NW
Washington, DC 20015 United States
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The Civil War is sometimes called the Second Haitian Revolution.  Pro-slavers feared Haiti, the enslaved and abolitionists found great hope from Toussaint Louverture and Haiti.  This lecture details the actions of enslaved and abolitionists who were encouraged by the Haitian Revolution, Haiti’s own involvement in offering freedom to people of color,  and why Haiti was so important to keeping alive the hope that all Americans would be free.  American leaders who wrote and spoke of their admiration for Louverture include John…

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