Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society- New England Chapter, Inc.

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society- New England Chapter, Inc. African-American Historical and Genealogical Research AAHGS-NE is a non-profit organization which promotes genealogical research of African-American heritage.
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03/23/2021
Savannah and Athens, GA African American newspapers are now accessible...
03/19/2021
Historic Georgian African American newspapers dating from 1886-1926 are now available freely online, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities – the DLG B

Savannah and Athens, GA African American newspapers are now accessible...

Posted on March 17, 2021March 11, 2021 by Mandy MastrovitaHistoric Georgian African American newspapers dating from 1886-1926 are now available freely online, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce that it has comp...

Welcome to the virtual Zoom meeting of AAHGS-NE chapter that starts on 3/20/2021 at 12:45 pm.  If you would like to be a...
03/14/2021

Welcome to the virtual Zoom meeting of AAHGS-NE chapter that starts on 3/20/2021 at 12:45 pm. If you would like to be a visitor, please request a Zoom link from one of the administrators

02/17/2021
01/17/2021
40 Acres and a Mule
01/12/2021

40 Acres and a Mule

Today in history Jan 12, 1865.



#history #emancipation #slavery #lowcountry #40acres #slavedwellingproject #savannahgeorgia #theslavedwellingproject #historicalmarker #economicoppression #ancestors

Massachusetts Genealogical Council
12/16/2020

Massachusetts Genealogical Council

We welcome and need your participation in order to continue to serve the genealogy community. Vibrant participation by individuals, libraries and organizations contributes to successful fulfillment of our mission to provide ongoing monitoring of state and federal legislation pertinent to records access and preservation, as well as to provide exciting educational opportunities. The year 2020 was the biggest challenge in decades.

Things certainly took a turn in March of this year, when suddenly we had only three weeks notice that COVID had closed our conference venue. We had to take our in-person seminar to a virtual format. This meant long hours of work for us, but it also meant new technology purchases. Generous members and donors came through for us when we needed your help.

Following on the success of our 2020 virtual conference, we’ve added MGC: Open Records and Education (M:O.R.E.), our quarterly virtual educational opportunity for genealogists. It is carefully designed to happen in the fifth week of a month so that it never conflicts with events put on by our member organizations.

As genealogists, in 2020 we saw the most serious threat to our access to records that we have seen in over a decade. Hidden deep within the Outside Section of Governor Baker’s budget bill were thirteen sections that – when taken together – would have ended the tradition of 380 years of open civil records. Luckily for us all, you responded with letters and emails to your state representatives, state senators, and even to Governor Baker. We just discovered that on November 18th the state senate and state house released their own budgets. Neither body included those thirteen sections. It looks like your outpouring of support worked. Our senators and representatives omitted this draconian closure language from the budget.

During these trying times, MGC has worked hard to provide MGC members with access to new content and a vital genealogical community. We wish for our membership and their families to be safe and well during these trying but historic times.

We’d love to chat with you about the opportunity to volunteer your time and participate. MGC also accepts in-kind or monetary donations from individuals or organizations for events, such as educational programs throughout the year and the biannual MGC Seminar, which will next be held in 2022.

www.massgencouncil.org/membership#memtypes

12/16/2020
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation
12/01/2020
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation

Vestiges of racism and oppression, from bricked-over segregated entrances to the forgotten sites of racial violence, still permeate much of America’s built environment.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
11/01/2020

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jim Crow laws separated white and black people in public places. Beginning in the late 1800s, they built on black codes and dictated where African Americans could go to school, sit on trains, eat in restaurants, drink at water fountains, or use library books, among many other restrictions. Most often the facilities reserved for use by African Americans were inferior in quality. Jim Crow laws remained in effect in the United States until the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. #VoteHistory #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
10/31/2020

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

After the Civil War the former Confederate States passed laws intended to restrict the rights of African Americans. These “black codes” punished vagrancy, forced freedmen to sign labor contracts, and blocked their right to vote. Violators were subject to arrest, and the labor of prisoners was auctioned off to the highest bidder. In the end black codes created an oppressive system of customs and laws intended to tightly restrict the civic and economic rights of African Americans. #VoteHistory #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
10/22/2020

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The 15th Amendment stated that no one could be denied the right to vote based on “race, color or previous condition of servitude.” It challenged voting laws in the North and South. Before the Civil War, African Americans were barred from voting in nearly all states. In the South, representing 35 percent of the population, they formed a strong voting bloc. Whites responded by terrorizing African American voters and finding ways to keep them from the polls.

The 15th Amendment promised, but did not enforce equal voting rights. Poll taxes, literacy tests, and more kept many African American voters disenfranchised. #VoteHistory #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory

10/10/2020

A presentation by Bettye Kearse

The Future of the African American Past Video Resources | AHA
09/17/2020
The Future of the African American Past Video Resources | AHA

The Future of the African American Past Video Resources | AHA

AHA Teaching & Learning Future of the African American Past In This Section Why Study History? Teaching Resources for Historians Online Teaching Resources Globalizing the US History Survey Tuning the History Discipline Future of the African American Pas...

Géwël Tradition Project
08/20/2020

Géwël Tradition Project

In Memory of
Doudou Ndiaye Rose
July 28, 1930 - August 19, 2015

Five You Should Know: African American Suffragists
08/19/2020
Five You Should Know: African American Suffragists

Five You Should Know: African American Suffragists

The women's suffrage movement had many heroines who bravely fought for the rights of women in the United States. Here are the stories of five African American suffragists who helped women in America secure the right to vote.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
08/19/2020

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

#OnThisDay 100 years ago, the 19th Amendment was ratified, formally granting women the right to vote. African American women were largely excluded from the growing women’s suffrage movement because of their race. Early suffragettes like Mary Church Terrell and Charlotte Forte Grimke took up the cause, despite the racism they faced. In 1913, Ida B. Wells formed the Alpha Suffrage Club, believed to be the first organization focused on African American women’s suffrage in the United States. After the passage of the 19th Amendment, African American women still faced barriers exercising their right to vote. This could include waiting hours to register, facing violence, or taking new tests.

It took 95 years—3 generations of African American voters—after the 1870 Enforcement Acts, before Congress would enforce equal voting rights for African American men and women, with the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 2013, SCOTUS struck down a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, holding that the racist practices which necessitated the law no longer present a problem. #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory #HiddenHerstory

A tidbit of history from the NMAAHC...
08/15/2020

A tidbit of history from the NMAAHC...

For most of the 1900s, the majority of African American people were concentrated in either the rural South or a northern inner city. But by about 1970 more than half of black population lived outside the South, and 8 out of 10 African Americans lived in urban areas and inner suburbs. “The city is the black man’s land,” declared Detroit radicals James and Grace Lee Boggs. America’s metropolitan areas became the crucible of black life.

As white people departed urban neighborhoods, property values decreased. Middle-class blacks began moving out also. In the suburbs, middle-class African Americans were often still segregated into areas closer to low-income communities. When African Americans did buy homes in a predominantly white suburb, it wasn’t unusual for white families to gradually move. #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory

Gravestone dedicated to the first Black female medical doctor in the US - The Boston Globe
07/21/2020
Gravestone dedicated to the first Black female medical doctor in the US - The Boston Globe

Gravestone dedicated to the first Black female medical doctor in the US - The Boston Globe

Dedicated at a poignant ceremony Thursday, new granite tombstones use a few chiseled words to commemorate a remarkable story that has rarely been told. Here lie Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first Black female physician in the United States, and her husband, a former escaped slave who much later bec...

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
07/11/2020

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

#OnThisDay in 1875, Mary McLeod Bethune was born near Mayesville, South Carolina.

In 1935, she founded the National Council of Negro Women to empower black women concerned with social justice and human rights issues.

Building on her public leadership, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed Bethune Director of African American Affairs in the National Youth Administration, making her the first African American woman to head a federal agency. #HiddenHerstory #APeoplesJourney

A history lesson that many didn’t learn in schools...
07/04/2020

A history lesson that many didn’t learn in schools...

In July of 1852, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech titled “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?,” a call for the promise of liberty to be applied equally to all Americans:

“The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn...What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?”

Douglass’s speech emphasized that American slavery and American freedom is a shared history and that the actions of ordinary men and women, demanding freedom, transformed our nation.

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/3iwpkv6 #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory

This is a transcript of an 1867 report from a Freedman’s Bureau Officer to the District Office providing information abo...
06/30/2020

This is a transcript of an 1867 report from a Freedman’s Bureau Officer to the District Office providing information about the counties of Henrico and Chesterfield in Virginia. The focus of this section of the report focuses on voting issues, but also be aware of the economic issues.

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Meetings are generally held at 11 am on the 3rd Saturday of the month, September through June at the Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420. The May 2018 Meeting will be a field trip. Visitors are always welcome. Guest speakers share useful research strategies and present historical background to enhance understanding of family histories. Field trips to events or historical sites of particular interest in New England occasionally replace monthly meetings.

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The Zoom invitation will be sent to all members. https://www.facebook.com/events/281435706659169
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Getting Into Genealogy webinar - Tuesday April 21 at 7 PM. FREE and open to the public! Just how does one get started researching their family tree? This program is meant to answer that question and provide additional information on local resources for that research. This webinar is free and open to everyone; it is not limited to society members only. Register at the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. page (use the tickets link found on the event).
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