Free Virtual Lecture: Recovering the Histories of Seven Enslaved Americans


Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:30pm



Gregg Hecimovich Professor and Chair, Department of English, Furman University Henry Louis Gates Jr. Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University For seven seasons, award-winning Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has uncovered the ancestral stories of celebrity guests on his hit-television series, Finding Your Roots. In this program, Gates Jr. will be joined by Dr. Gregg Hecimovich to discuss the process of unearthing the histories of formerly enslaved people. The focus will be on “The Columbia Seven":  Alfred, Delia, Drana, Fassena, Jack, Jim, and Renty, the seven Black men and women photographed against their will in Columbia, South Carolina in 1850. These controversial photographs are the subject of a new book, To Make Their Own Way in the World  (Peabody Museum Press/Aperture 2020). Advanced registration required. Visit the event registration page to register for this free virtual event. Registration closes 30 minutes before start time. Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.


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