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Recounting Slavery in Historic Houses and Museums
February 24, 2021 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
As the Concord Museum installs a new permanent gallery to chronicle the history of slavery in our town and the efforts to abolish it, join us for a conversation with Kyera Singleton (Executive Director of The Royall House and Slave Quarters) and Niya Bates (public historian at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello) as they discuss the challenges museums and historic houses face in order to, in the words of Kyera Singleton, “memorialize the lives of the enslaved and to give people the tools to reckon with our current moment.”
Kyera Singleton is Executive Director of Royall House and Slave Quarters. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of American culture at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and currently a dissertation fellow in the history department at Harvard University. She has previously held academic fellowships from Emory University and the American Association of University Women. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American studies and women’s gender and sexuality studies from Macalester College.
Niya Bates is a Ph.D. student in the department of history at Princeton University. Niya earned both a B.A. in African and African American Studies and an M.A. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. She holds a certificate in historic preservation, also from UVA. Prior to becoming a student at Princeton, she was a public historian at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello where she was director of the Getting Word African American Oral History Project, which was designed to document oral histories of people descended from the enslaved communities at Monticello.
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This program is in partnership with The Robbins House and is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund.