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Black History Month Commemoration – Genealogy

February 14, 2015

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The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, TN 37076



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During the national celebration of Black History Month, The Hermitage will host four weekly programs exploring the progress made in African-American history and honoring the lives of those who were enslaved at The Hermitage. These programs will open your eyes to the untold stories of the men and women who called the Hermitage home. All of our programs are free, but do not include admission into the Hermitage.


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1:00 PM Exploring African-American Genealogy Panel Q&A

Join us as a panel of historians and genealogy experts discuss the many methods and resources available for discovering African-American genealogy! Traditionally, tracing African-American genealogy has been extremely challenging and difficult to follow through the tumultuous nature of historical documentation during the era of American Slavery. Over the past century, however, there have been huge advancements in the resources available for tracking and exploring African-American’s ancestry. Panel Participants:


Shannon S. Christmas, expert in DNA testing and genetic genealogy

Joel Walker, National Archives at Atlanta

Virginia Watson, Tennessee State Library & Archives

Pamela E. Foster, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society


2:30-4:30 PM Free Genealogy Consultations

Following the panel discussion, there will be personal genealogical consultations will offered by expert members of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS). Participants may sign up for FREE 15-minute appointments and receive help with your personal genealogy searches.


In collaboration with:

Tennessee State Library and ArchivesNational Archives Atlanta   Tennessee State MuseumNashville Chapter of Afr-American History and Genealogical studies is a sponsor for our Black History month celebration.



2/21/15 Discovering African-American History

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1:00 PM Discovering African-American History Panel Q&A

The Hermitage would like to join The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH) in celebrating 100 years of Black History Month, and the many accomplishments made over the past century in discovering and sharing African-American history, stories and culture.  Join us for a expert panel discussion on the discoveries that have been in archaeology, preservation and museum interpretation. Program is free to the public. Panel Participants:


Robert DeHart, Curator at Tennessee State Museum and their 2014 exhibit “Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation”

Joseph McGill, Founder of The Slave Dwelling Project

Larry McKee, Nashville Program Manager for TRC Companies and former Director of Archaeology at The Hermitage

Nicole A. Moore, Founder of Interpreting Slave Life and Museum Educator, City of Virginia Beach

Ashley Bouknight, Assistant Curator at The Hermitage 


2:30 PM  Slavery at The Hermitage: Special Tour

Join us for a free specialty tour of The Hermitage, led by Assistant Curator Ashley Bouknight. This tour will highlight the life, culture, and experiences of African-Americans at The Hermitage during the 19th century. This is a great way to celebrate the lives of the enslaved community at The Hermitage, and is a new program for our Black History Month Commemoration.

2/28/15 Black History Month Memorial Service

Enslaved community memorial at The Hermitage

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1:00 Memorial Service at the Hermitage Chapel

The memorial service that concludes the Black History Month celebration is a time-honored tradition of The Hermitage. Join us as we celebrate the lives of all those who were forced to endure slavery, both at The Hermitage and throughout the country. Following music and special remarks in the Hermitage Chapel, participants will be invited to lay 150 flowers upon the memorial outside, with each flower representing a member of The Hermitage’s enslaved community. Program is free to the public.

Presenting Sponsor:

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority