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The Other Moreheads: Genealogy, Research, and Challenges of African-American History
August 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Little documentation exists to provide insight on the extended Morehead family, including both freed and enslaved people, who lived in and around Blandwood Mansion in Greensboro during the early and mid-nineteenth centuries. Blandwood’s owner, North Carolina’s statesman John Motley Morehead, was a well-recognized politician in the American South during this period, but few of his personal papers illuminate our understanding of the lives of African Americans associated with family members. Historian Reneé Donnell recently completed a research project to extract as much information as she could related to genealogical research associated with the extended Morehead family. She will make a presentation on her methodology and findings on August 18th.
Ms. Donnell serves as an Education Specialist with Preservation Greensboro and currently holds the position of Historic Interpreter at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum State Historic Site in Sedalia. Ms. Donnell has a B.S.S. in International Studies, Bethune Cookman University; and she earned an M.H.P. in Historic Preservation, University of Georgia.
Ms. Donnell will review the discoveries uncovered during her study of the Morehead family, and will focus on research methodology, challenges, and discoveries. The Morehead history is complicated, yet in many ways typical of nineteenth century South. Perhaps Ms. Donnell can inspire you to complete family genealogy, or perhaps you can share your tips and findings with others! There is no charge for this event.