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.
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 Empire Community College and Scott Withrow, President of the Melungeon Heritage Association, for the invitation.
The times for the lectures will be posted later.
More information to come along with a mighty good time.
1. Beginnings of African American Literacy a keynote speech at the 2017 AAGHS Black History Conference in Laurel MD. February 4.
- Winton Triangle presentation at a National Park Service facility in Reston, VA. February 6
- Haiti and the Civil War presentation, Brown Memorial AME Church, Washington DC. February 12
- Robbins Family at War presentation, Arlington Science Focus School, Arlington, VA, with the National Park Service. March 17
- Showing of the film The Campaigns of Molly Hundley at the Sumner School Museum and Archives, Washington DC. March 21
- Winton Triangle presentation at CS Brown High School STEM, Winton NC. March 31.
- Hosted photographer Julie Williams Dixon’s portrait project People And Their People, Cofield NC. March 31-April 1.
- Showing of the film Dunbar High School’s Classic Age 1870 – 1957, at the DC Dept. of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs as part of DC Emancipation Observance. April 6.
- Winton Triangle presentation at the Dunbar Pavilion, Tucson AZ. April 16
- Showing of the film Dunbar High School’s Classic Age 1870 – 1957, as part of DC Emancipation Observance at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Washington DC. April 23
- Showing of the film Dunbar High School’s Classic Age 1870 – 1957, Shepherd Park Library, Washington DC. June 26
- Showing of the film Dunbar High School’s Classic Age 1870 – 1957, at the DC Dept. of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Washington DC. June 30.
- African American Institutions in Post-Emancipation DC, as part of the 153rd Battle of Fort Stevens Day, Washington DC. July 8
- Beginnings of African American Literacy, Public Library of Richmond VA, hosted by the Richmond Chapter of the African American Genealogical and Historical Society. July 29
- Haiti and the Civil War presentation, United States Park Service’s Rock Creek Nature Center, Washington DC. September 2
- Haiti and the Civil War presentation Greenbelt Public Library, Greenbelt MD. October 3
- Interview about Haiti and the Civil War lecture, Research at the National Archives radio program, Blogtalk Radio. October 5
- Radio interview about Chowan Discovery on the Epic City radio program, WOWD-FM, Takoma Park MD. October 17.
- Katie Hart presentation, Winton Public Library, Winton, NC. October 10.
- Delivery of 90 books from the Library of Congress to the C.S. Brown High School STEM.
- Winton Triangle Loggers, part of a group photography show at the Brookville Gallery/Art Collective, Chevy Chase, MD. October 20 – November 20.
- Showing of the film The Campaigns of Molly Hundley, George Washington University Museum, Washington DC, October 30
- An Army of Educators presentation United States Park Service’s Rock Creek Nature Center, Washington DC. December 3.
- Interview about the An Army of Educators lecture, Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon radio program on SiriusXM. Dec. 10
- Donations to the C.S. Brown Cultural Arts Center.
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.
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.