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U of M History Professor Will Explore the Search for the African-American Past

For release: February 18, 2013
For press information, contact Jennifer Schnabel, 901-678-8210

Dr. Beverly Bond, associate professor of history and Dunavant Professor of African-American History at the University of Memphis, will explore the search for family in the aftermath in the Civil War. She will present “Help Me to Find My People: Researching the African-American Past” on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Ned McWherter Library, Room 225.

The Special Collections Lecture is free and open to the public.

Bond will refer to Heather Williams’ new book Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery and connect her theme with pop culture references found in television programs, novels like Leonard Pitts' Freeman, and films such as Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

She also will discuss the availability and relevance of primary sources in the University Libraries’ Special Collections department.

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage.

For more information, contact Jennifer Schnabel at jschnbel@memphis.edu  or 901-678-8210.

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