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 began in 1584 when the English first learned 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 photographs to tell this 400+ year old story. This presentation has been given many times in North Carolina and as far as Arizona.
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 Michigan University: “Mixed-Race Antebellum Communities in the Old Northwest”
- Bertie County’s Dr. Arwin D. Smallwood, North Carolina A&T University: “Documenting and Exploring the Early History of Mixed Race Peoples: Over Five Hundred Years of the Merging of Native American, African, and European Peoples in North America from the 1500s to the present”.
Panel is moderator by author Margo Lee Williams. The panel’s time and location is 1pm, March 3 at Banneker B, University of Maryland Adele H. Stamp Student Union, 3972 Campus Drive, College Park, MD, 20742.
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 Julius Rosenwald. Among the Winton Triangle examples included in Jones’ speech are Winton Librarian Katie M. Hart, Pleasant Plains School and Calvin Scott Brown School.
This presentation is co-hosted by the Greater Richmond Chapter of Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS).
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 photographs to tell this 400+ year old story. This presentation has been given many times in North Carolina – of course – in Virginia, Maryland, Chicago, Tennesee, New York, West Virginia, and is now going across the Rockies.
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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 with African-American Genealogy: The Crucial Role of Education in the History of African Americans.” Among the topics of Jones’ speech are Winton Librarian Katie M. Hart, Pleasant Plains School and C.S. Brown School.
This is a free conference where people can learn about advances in genealogy. After January 6, please register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chowan Discovery took part in two programs on Dec 11, 2016 in Hertford County. The first was was to celebrate three milestones at Pleasant Plains Church: its 165th anniversary, the 150th anniversary year of the founding of its school – Pleasant Plains School, and the school’s placement on the National Register of Historic Places. After the service conducted by Pastor W. Robert Ashe, the church served a meal in the fellowship hall where Marvin T. Jones recounted the history of the school and the process of putting it on the Register. Historic preservation consultant Joanna Braswell of Smithfield, Virginia was acknowledged for her valuable contribution to the nomination.
Chowan Discovery thanks Church Trustee McCoy Pierce, Deacon Dr. Terry Hall, Reverend Ashe and the congregation of Pleasant Plains for making the day possible.
Shortly after, the Cultivator Bookstore in Murfreesboro hosted a Chowan Discovery presentation about Mrs. Katie M. Hart. She founded and ran the Hertford County Colored Public Library from 1938 to 1969. It was the only public library for people of color in northeastern North Carolina during the jim crow era.
Mrs. Hart, then a teacher supervisor, on her own, began a small library for people of color in 1931. In 1938, she began a bookmobile service and within a few years opened a library building in Winton. Her bookmobile served Hertford and Gates counties, and her books were available to all people. Mrs. Hart retired in 1969 at the time her library merged with the Albemarle Regional Library. The talk/slide presentation has many images of Mrs. Hart, her bookmobile, library, home and gravesite. Included are an interview with Dr. Dudley Flood and reminisces taken from Ben Watford, John Eley, Jacqueline Vann Jones and Shawnee Smith Ball. Mr. Eley, a piano student of Mrs. Hart, attended.
Chowan Discovery is thankful to Barbara Boone Buescher for sending information about Mrs. Hart and her mother; and to Caroline Stephenson and Jochen Kunstler of Cultivator for the invitation to present.