Georgia Archives and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Metro Atlanta Chapter
African American Genealogy Day
On Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m. to noon, the Georgia Archives and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Metro Atlanta Chapter African American Genealogy virtual live event will be available to the public through Microsoft Teams.
At 10:00 a.m. Georgia Archives’ Reference Archivist Tamika Strong will present Discovering Gems: A Look at African American Resources at the Georgia Archives.
In genealogy, time and place are two very important factors in discovering information. There is also one more thing to consider – knowing where to look. Strong will demonstrate some resources available through the Georgia Archives and its partners that can assist researchers in their journey to uncover their family’s history.
At 11:00 a.m. Dr. D L Henderson, historian, genealogist, preservationist and author, will present Afrocentric Histories: Researching and Documenting the Black Residents of Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery where she will discuss her new book South-View: An African American City of the Dead.
For years, African Americans had objected to the conditions they were forced to endure in Atlanta’s racially segregated cemeteries. South-View’s founders were determined to provide a place where African Americans could be buried with dignity. Historic cemeteries like South-View are microcosms of society, and the lives and deaths of the people buried in South-View reflect the social history of Atlanta.