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[Virtual] Westham Burying Ground Research Presentation

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Join Shelby M. Driskill, MLA graduate student and staff research assistant, Douglas Broome, GIS specialist and UR senior program analyst, and Dr. Lauranett L. Lee, adjunct professor of liberal arts in SPCS and visiting lecturer in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, for a virtual presentation on their research into the Westham burying ground: Knowledge of This Cannot Be Hidden. Their research presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Lee is leading institutional history efforts that reassess parts of the past that have been forgotten or excluded. Her team for this study includes University of Richmond undergraduate students, an SPCS alumna, and Driskill, whose work is focused on public history and who is the researcher for the Westham Burying Ground study.

Between September 2018 and August 2019, Driskill conducted extensive research that used as its starting point the limited knowledge of exhumations at a site on campus: information contained in a 1935 monograph, two 1947 news items, and an oral history describing a 1955-1956 utilities project. Her graduate student research, supported by many members of the university community, provided additional evidence related to that site as well as details of the land’s use in the enslavement era and in the early 20th century. The university commissioned this research and report to further engage the study of these subjects as well as additional questions of land history.

This event is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, and the SPCS Alumni Association and coordinated by the Burial Ground Memorialization Committee and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. Online registration is required to attend.

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