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July 2017

“Beginnings of African American Literacy” told in Richmond

July 29, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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October 2017

Haiti and the Civil War – a talk by Marvin T. Jones

October 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Greenbelt Public Library,
11 Crescent Rd
Greenbelt, MD 20770 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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Radio Interview: HAITI AND THE CIVIL WAR

October 5, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bernice Bennett,
Researching at the National Archives and Beyond!
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With Bernice Bennett, Marvin's host at the 2017 Black History Month Genealogy Conference in Laurel, MD where he was the keynote speaker. Thanks to our friend Bernice Bennett, the very intrepid and accomplished host of the long running radio show, Research at the National Archives and Beyond, I get to talk about the lecture that I am giving two days earlier in Greenbelt, Maryland. The Civil War is sometimes called the Second Haitian Revolution.  For over seventy…

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MOLLY HUNDLEY showing at George Washington University

October 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The George Washington University Museum,
701 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052 United States
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The Washingtoniana Collection at the George Washington University Museum is hosting the showing of THE CAMPAIGNS OF MOLLY HUNDLEY,  one of the films produced by Chowan Discovery. 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 in all ways, the students who were inspired by her;…

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December 2017

“An Army of Educators” – a new Chowan Discovery lecture

December 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Rock Creek Nature Center,
5200 Glover Park NW
Washington, DC 20015 United States
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During and after the Civil War, Union officers and missionaries expanded literacy and skills in the south, resulting in a great rise in the reading population and creating schools, some of which exist today.  A school established in a Washington, D.C. army barracks in 1864 is still going strong. Fisk, Hampton, Howard and Shaw are among the universities that rose in the first five years after the war.  Within ten years after the war, Howard University was graduating men and…

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On SiriusXM – AN ARMY OF EDUCATORS redux

December 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon,
SiriusXM channel 126
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Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III of Sirius-XM's "Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon" show will once again host Marvin T. Jones for a segment about the latest Chowan Discovery lecture, "An Army of Educators". During and after the Civil War, Union officers and missionaries expanded literacy and skills in the south, resulting in a great rise in the reading population and creating schools, some of which exist today.  A school established in a Washington, D.C. army barracks in 1864 is…

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January 2018

Haiti and the Civil War presentation

January 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
DC Public Library – Woodridge Branch,
1801 Hamlin St NE
Washington, DC 20018 United States
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Marvin T. Jones's first large documentary project was Haiti's stupendous fortress, the Citadel Henry (or Citadel Laferriere).  Recently, he returned to Haiti to reconnect with his work and friends there.  It apt that this talk with many images follows the visit. 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…

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February 2018

Haiti, the Civil War and Frederick Douglass

February 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Shepherd Park Public Library,
7420 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20012 United States
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Along with millions of people of color and abolitionists, Haiti inspired Douglass to fight for freedom in America.  His lifelong relationship to  Haiti provide culminated in his service as United States Minister to Haiti in 1889 to1891. 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…

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March 2018

Pleasant Plains School at Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The CDG is hosting the academic panel, "Origins and growth of Mixed Race Groups from the South to Ohio" at the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at the University of Maryland - College Park on March 3, 2017.  Marvin T. Jones' presentation, "A Mixed Race school, Pleasant Plains, 1866 – 1950" is based on his work in placing the Winton Triangle's first schoolhouse on the National Register of Historic Places.  Other participants of the panel are Dr. Jill E. Rowe, Western…

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