African American Genealogy Workshop

Posted on December 6, 2018

Reclaiming a Lost Heritage: 400 Years of Genealogy

In honor of the 400th remembrance of the first enslaved Africans brought to North America, the Reynolds Homestead will host local historian John Whitfield to discuss this event and its impact on genealogy. The workshop, which will also delve into the latest methods of genealogical research will be head at the Reynolds Homestead on Saturday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The $25 registration fee includes all handouts and a hot buffet lunch.

Whitfield is currently in the process of writing a book on African American genealogy. He has also written a biography on Mrs. Annie Turnbo Malone, using the genealogy tools which he will discuss in the workshop. Malone was a 20th century African American millionaire entrepreneur; she taught famed Madam C.J. Walker in the science and art of beauty culture. These books will be available for purchase at the workshop at a cost of $10.

Whitfield, who lives in Bassett, has been a research historian for nearly 30 years. He is a volunteer historian at Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy and occasionally gives programs at the library in Rocky Mount. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University.

To register for the workshop,  stop by the Reynolds Homestead or download a registration form: Class Registration

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