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05 November 2012

Dr. D. L. Henderson Featured at This Weekend's Expo

I cannot wait to hear Dr. D. L. Henderson speak at the Georgia Family History Expo this Friday and Saturday in Duluth. According to her speaker bio, Dr. Henderson "is the historian for South-View Cemetery and serves on the advisory boards of the Historic South-View Preservation Foundation and the Historic Oakland Foundation. In June 2012, she received the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s Jenny D. Thurston Memorial Award to an Outstanding Preservation Professional."

I've posted about some of the stones in Oakland Cemetery previously on this blog. Most recently with Shadrach Inman Made Two Fortunes. And believe you me, there will be more. I simply adore this cemetery.

At 1 PM this Saturday, I will be in Dr. Henderson's class entitled A Tale of Two Cemeteries: What Lies Beneath the Landscape of African American Burial Grounds. This "presentation focuses on the cultural landscapes of two Atlanta cemeteries and emphasizes socio-racial influences — established in tradition and law — that helped to shape these burial grounds. Examples of folklore and traditions associated with African American burials are used to illustrate a perspective of death and dying that has been influenced historically by social constructions of race and class."

Sounds incredibly interesting, doesn't it? I hope to see you there!

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