UNC Chapel Hill Presents African Americans in the South Exhibit

From October 8, 2009 – February 5, 2010, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present an exhibit detailing life and culture of African Americans in the South.  The exhibit is entitled We Shall Not Be Moved:  African Americans in the South, 18th Century to the Present.

The exhibit features newly aquired items and documents never before seen and the release of the online edition of the Guide to African American Resources in the Southern Historical Collection.

The link to the Southern Historical Collection is here:


On a related topic – a listing of resources online for North Carolina are located here:


Black Abolitionist Papers Now Online

According to the American Library Association’s African American Studies Librarians Section:  Covering the time period between 1830 and 1865, this collection of primary source records “…is the first to comprehensively detail the extensive work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War.”

The record set, put online by ProQuest, covers about 15,000 works of approximately 300 Black abolitionists in the U.S., Canada, the British Isles, France, and Germany.  It does not appear that one would be able to access this at home without going through a public library access account or visiting your local library, but it is a great collection and one worth perusing if you have a chance.

The urls are:  http://bap.chadwyck.com and is part of the Black Studies Center at http://bsc.chadwyck.com


Gilder Lehrman Online John Brown Exhibition


If you cannot make it to either the Massachusetts Historical Society to hear the lectures and see the exhibit on John Brown, perhaps you can see the exhibit at the New York Historical Society that runs from September 15, 2009 through March 25, 2010.

If you cannot do either — you’re in luck.  Visit Gilder Lehrman’s website at


to see the online exhibit.  If you have never visited this site before, you’re in for a treat.  Not only can you see original documents able to be enlarged so you can read them — they have transcriptions as well.


Links in the November/Decmeber 2008 Issue of AAHGS News

Here is the list of weblinks for the articles appearing in the November/December 2008 issue of AAHGS News:

p. 3:  “Black Studies” NARA Catalog:  www.estore.archives.gov

p. 5:  Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program:  http://professional.bu.edu/cpe/Genealogy.asp

p. 6:  Enumerator Instructions Online http://usa.ipums.org/usa/voliii/tEnumInstr.shtml

p. 6:  Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database  www.slavevoyages.org/tast/database/index.faces

p. 6  AfriGeneas Forums:  Heritage Arts & Crafts:  www.afrigeneas.com/forum-crafts

p. 6  AfriGeneas Forums:  AfriGeneas at the Movies:  www.afrigeneas.com/forum-movies

p. 7:  On the Bookshelf selections:

Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865, Volume 9:  www.vgs.org/publications.htm

Index to District of Columbia Estates, 1801-1929:  http://users.erols.com/pipp OR www.heritagebooks.com

African American Slavery, Indenture & Resistance in Illinois 1720-1864  www.costonie.com

The Washingtons of Wessyington Plantation www.wessyington.com

p. 9:  Mississippi to Africa:  A Journey of Discovery www.mississippitoafrica.com

p. 10:  Slave Births in New Jersey Online  www.njarchives.org/links/guides/chncl004.html

p. 10:  Navy personnel FREE access to Ancestry and HeritageQuest  wwwa.nko.navy.mil/portal

p. 11:  Florida State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration:  www.fsu.edu/news/2009/01/08/king.celebration

p. 12:  Booker T. Washington Online at Library of Congress:  www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/btwashington/index.html

p. 14:  Free at Last?  Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries  www.imdiversity.com/villages/african/pitt_slavery1008.asp

p. 16:  Events listings:  Virginia Beach Genealogical Society www.rootsweb.com/~vavbgs

The International Black Genealogy Summit (IBGS)  www.acpl.lib.in.us

NGS Family History Conference:  www.ncgenealogy.org/blogs/ngs2009

p. 18:  African American Genealogy Sources in the Louisiana Division of the New Orleans Public Library  http://nutrias.org/guides/black.htm

p. 20:  An Anthology of Respect:  The Pullman Porter National Historic Registry (1st Ed.)  www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/anthology-of-respect.htm

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Do you have relatives that were doctors or dentists and graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee early in the 20th century?  If so, you need to check out the link to the Meharry Medical College Archives page at http://library.mmc.edu/catalogues/index.html.  Meharry was the number one college to graduate black doctors and dentists at the turn of the 20th century.  At the site is a link entitled Meherry Medical College:  Its History, Its Works Its Needs [1908] that not only shows the offices of some of its graduates, but the photo of the entire 1908 graduating class and some of their homes as well. 

Graduates came from all over the country and went back to their home states to practice.  Within this one publication (there are many listed) are photographs of the offices or residences of M.C. Brown, MD, of Alexandria, LA; J.P. Miller, MD, Fernandia, FLA; and A.F. Perry, MD, Chicago, Ill.  Dr. E.B. Jefferson, DDS of Nashville, Tenn. is shown in the “operating room” performing his dentistry on a patient. 

An excerpt from the text of the scanned booklet reads:

In the early years of this work doubts were frequently expressed regarding the ability and fitness of colored physicians for the successful practice of this most responsible calling.  The experience of the last thirty-two years shows that these fears were unfounded.  Their success in their professional work has been greater than their most sanguine friends had even hoped.  They have been well received and kindly treated by the white physicians of the South, and have been liberally patronized by their own people, and have been a potent factor in promoting good understanding between the two races.” 

You can also “save a copy” for yourself on your computer by clicking on the link on the top left hand side of the viewing screen (at least it works from an MS Windows platform with Internet Explorer).