Community Event

African American Genealogy Symposium

African American Genealogy Symposium: A weekend of local stories and research from scholars and community members.

On day one, join City of Raleigh Museum for a day of virtual presentations exploring various efforts across North Carolina to recover the family connections of enslaved people. The program will feature speakers who are working with archival collections or projects that provide valuable new insights that will help families today make connections to those of the past.

Saturday, February 12: Virtual Event

10:00am – Welcome and Introduction
10:30–11:30am – Connecting the Dots: Hunter Family Project
11:45am–12:45pm – Slave Petitions Project at UNC-Greensboro, Dr. Loren Schwinger
1:00-1:45pm – Runaway Advertisements in North Carolina, Dr. Freddie Parker
2:00–2:45pm – From Naming to Knowing: Uncovering the Capitol’s Enslaved Laborers, NC State Capital Staff

Tickets are Free


Sunday, February 13: Private Genealogy Sessions

On day two of the symposium, members of the public can sign up for a 1-hour private session to virtually meet with genealogy volunteers from the Wake County Genealogical Society and the Wake County chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society to get started on their own family search or discuss difficult topics.