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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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Winton Triangle Soldiers on the Wall of the African American Civil War Memorial

March 4 @ 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
African American Civil War Museum,
1925 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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As an offering for the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, Chowan Discovery  is hosting a tour of the African American Civil War Museum and the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C.  On the Memorial's wall of 200, 000 names, each attendee will search for a Winton Triangle soldier after given a card with the name and a profile of the soldier.  We will lunch afterwards at Washington's most famous eatery, Ben's Chili Bowl.  Here is more information.  

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An Army of Educators – How the North upgraded education in the South during and after the Civil War.

March 10 @ 1:00 am - 2:30 pm

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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April 2018

“An Army of Educators” – C.R. Gibbs series lecture

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
DC Public Library – Woodridge Branch,
1801 Hamlin St NE
Washington, DC 20018 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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June 2018

Seventh Annual Chowan Discovery Party

June 9 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Bethesda Skyroom,
5750 Bou Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852 United States
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More information to come along with a mighty good time.

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Two Lectures in Wise County, Virigina.

June 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mountain Empire Community College,
3441 Mountain Empire Rd,
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 United States
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Big Stone Gap, Virginia: On June 21, Marvin T. Jones is giving two presentations at a genealogical workshop at the Mountain Empire Community College.  The first lecture is about the development, activities and findings of the Chowan Discovery Group's work on the Winton Triangle.  The second talk will be about the Winton Triangle's role in the Civil War.  The workshop is a pre-conference event connected to the Melungeon Heritage Association Reunion. Chowan Discovery thanks Dr. Mike Gilley of the Mountain…

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