The African Burial Ground and Beyond

Wednesday, November 9. 6:30pm

 

From Left: Sylviane Diouf, Warren Perry, Leith Mullings, Fatimah Jackson, Alondra Nelson, Michael Blakey

From Left: Sylviane Diouf, Warren Perry, Leith Mullings, Fatimah Jackson, Alondra Nelson, Michael Blakey

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the African Burial Ground (ABG), sociologist Alondra Nelson, biologist Fatimah Jackson, anthropologists Leith Mullings and Michael Blakey, and archeologist Warren Perry discussed the significance of the ABG: from what the study of the non-skeletal remains revealed, to the involvement of the descendant community; from gthe scientific impact of the research on archaeologicall or historical work relating to the African Diaspora in the northern United States to the continuing genetic analysis of the samples.

Alondra Nelson is a professor of sociology and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University. She is the author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University.

Fatimah Jackson is a professor of biology and the Director and curator of the W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Leith Mullings is a distinguished professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center CUNY. She is an anthropologist, author, and lecturer who served as President of the American Anthropological Association from 2011-2013.

Warren Perry is a professor of anthropology at Central Connecticut State University, and Associate Director of Archaeology/ Principal Archaeologist for the African Burial Ground Project, in New York City.

Michael Blakey is a National Endowment for the Humanities professor and the director of the Institute for Historical Biology at the College of William & Mary. Blakey is also co-director of the Remembering Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom Project.

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