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Genealogy/History Conference: Selma, Feb. 15-16

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  • Amos J Wright
    Sent: Friday, January 25, 2008 2:00 AM To: aldallas@rootsweb.com Subject: ALDALLAS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 3 Today s Topics: 1. Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 29, 2008
      Sent: Friday, January 25, 2008 2:00 AM
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      Subject: ALDALLAS Digest, Vol 3, Issue 3

      Today's Topics:

      1. Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Speak at Genealogy Conference
      in Selma, February 15, 2008 (B.J. Smothers)


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      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,
      and !
      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
      Montgomery, AL.

      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.
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