Beth Nevarez Historical Consulting recently completed a collections inventory project for Wilson’s Freeman Round House and African American Museum. Read more about Beth’s work at bethnevarez.com. (That’s Dr. B.O. Barnes, by the way!)
Grateful for the opportunity to meet virtually over lunch with the young professionals of Wilson’s Gig360. Public historian, archivist, and museum professional Beth Nevarez and I chatted with moderator Betsy Peters Rascoe of Design Dimension Inc. and GIG360 members about the development and curation of the Freeman Round House Museum, including its new virtual exhibits; Oliver Nestus Freeman; Say Their Names; the Lane Street Project; and the importance of amplifying the stories and histories of the whole of Wilson’s community.
There was a recording glitch the first time around, so …
It’s the Encore (and a little bit updated) Edition of GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Wilson’s African-American Cemeteries.
You are invited to attend via Zoom, 15 February 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.
Please register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.
If you missed the first talk, I hope to see you at this one!
Photograph of Lula Dew Wooten’s gravestone in Odd Fellows cemetery by Lisa Y. Henderson, January 2021.
North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources issued this press release on 21 May 2019. Congratulations to Angela Thorpe, who hails from Pinetops, just east of the Wilson-Edgecombe County line! Her interests and experience speak directly to so much of what Black Wide-Awake is about, and I wish her every success as director of the African American Heritage Commission:
“N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi H. Hamilton announces the appointment of Angela Thorpe as the director of the N.C. African American Heritage Commission (AAHC). Thorpe has served as acting director since September 2018.
“Prior to become acting director, Thorpe served as associate director of the AAHC since 2017. In that role she led the development of a five-year organizational strategic plan, managed organizational partnerships and grants, led collaborative programming efforts with groups and institutions across North Carolina, and oversaw organizational messaging and digital communications strategy.
“She was the first African American historic interpreter at the James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville, N.C. and worked to attract diverse audiences through inclusive programming and leading community engagement initiatives.
“Thorpe’s family home is the small community of Pinetops, N.C., but she calls herself an Air Force brat and has lived in the U.S. and abroad. She returned to her roots after receiving a B.A. in history with a minor in African American Studies from the University of Florida and was awarded the M.A. in history from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. As a graduate student she worked to connect marginalized communities with museums and was involved with the award-winning exhibit, “Warnersville: Our Home; Our Neighborhood, Our Stories,” at the Greensboro Historical Museum.
“Thorpe has written on museum professionals, public history and race for the National Council of Public History. She has also spoken on diversity and inclusion in museums and cultural institutions; community engagement; and African American heritage at conferences and symposia. She was awarded a Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship by the American Alliance of Museums in 2016.
“For additional information call (919) 814-6655. The N.C. African American Heritage Commission is a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.”