Workshop: Finding Your Roots
Join historian Dr. Heather Williams and archivists for a conversation on using documents and other materials to trace family history, especially those families fragmented by slavery. Williams will explore the heart wrenching way that formerly enslaved men and women attempted to reconnect with family, friends, and community members sold away during slavery. After the talk, archivists will share strategies for individuals attempting to trace their family histories today and the complications involved in tracking down African-American relatives in the historic record. This program will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865 which examines the domestic slave trade – a racialized system of bondage under which millions of men, women, and children lived and labored.