Genealogy/History Conference: Selma, Feb. 15-16
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Subject: ALDALLAS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 3
1. Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Speak at Genealogy Conference
in Selma, February 15, 2008 (B.J. Smothers)
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 17:00:34 -0600
From: "B.J. Smothers" <bjsmothers@...>
Subject: [ALDALLAS] Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Speak at
Conference in Selma, February 15, 2008
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Preeminent historian, writer, critic, and producer and host of the PBS
series "African American Lives", "Oprah's Roots" and the upcoming
"African American Lives 2" Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will speak at the
Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society's
(BBAAGHS) 2nd Annual Black Belt African American Genealogy Conference
and Family History Fair Awards Banquet in historic Selma, Alabama. The
Awards Banquet will be held at Concordia College in Selma on February
15, 2008 from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Cost for the banquet is $60.00 for
non-members, $48.00 for BBAAGHS members. Seating is limited.
The Genealogy Award will be presented to Gwendolyn M. Holland of
Chicago, IL, for her Dallas and Wilcox County research, and to Doll
Hargrove of Philadelphia, PA, a Macon County researcher and owner of
Doll's Genealogy Site, http://www.dollsgen.com/. The History Award will
go to Dr. Richard Bailey of Birmingham, AL, author of They Too Call
Alabama Home and Neither Carpetbaggers Nor Scalawags, and Jeanette S.
McCall of Prairie Bluff, AL, author of The First and Last Bell: A Story
of Six Missions for Blacks in Wilcox County, Alabama. The Preservation
Award will be presented to Louretta C. Wimberly of Selma, AL, founder of
the Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission, and to
the Shiloh Community Restoration Project headquartered in Notasulga, AL,
http://www.shilohcommfound.com/, Elizabeth Ware Sims, President. The
Cemetery Preservation Award will go to the Alabama Cemetery Preservation
Alliance headquartered in Montgomery, AL, Sherry Johnston, President,
to the Old Cahawba Slave Cemetery in Cahaba, AL, Linda Derry, Site
Director. BBAAGHS' Distinguished Service Award will be presented to
Board Members Lorena Joyce Nicoll and Martha Phyllis Armstrong, both of
The conference and family history fair will be held Friday and Saturday,
February 15-16, 2008 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. at the Larry D. Striplin
Performing Arts Center and the Selma-Dallas County Public Library.
Speakers include: Frazine K. Taylor, head of the Ready Reference Section
of the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) who will
conduct workshops on using African American resources at ADAH and
finding slave ancestors; Amos J. Wright, Associate Professor and
Director, Section on the History of Anesthesia, Department of
Anesthesiology Library, University of Alabama at Birmingham, who will
give a talk on "Early African American Physicians in the Alabama Black
Belt"; B.J. Smothers, BBAAGHS President and Site Administrator for
AfriGeneas.com, who will talk about researching genealogy on the
internet and using DNA in genealogy research; and Donald Stone who will
deliver a talk on his book Fallen Prince, the biography of William James
Edwards, founder of the Snow Hill Institute. A book signing will follow.
David Bice of Heritage Publishing Consultants of Clanton, AL will
announce the BBAAGHS-sponsored Alabama African American Heritage Book
series, the only project of it!
s kind in the United States.
The two-day conference registration fee is $75.00 for non-members,
$60.00 for BBAAGHS members. While the conference is open to anyone, the
event should be of particular interest to those living in, or with
ancestry in, the twelve counties of Alabama's Black Belt Region -
Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry,
Pickens, Sumter and Wilcox.
To register, purchase banquet tickets, advertise in the conference
program, and for more information about the conference and speakers,
please consult the BBAAGHS website: www.bbaaghs.org/conference/ or call
BBAAGHS President B.J. Smothers at 334-877-4846 or 404-273-6965. For
more information about BBAAGHS, see the website: www.bbaaghs.org.