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(VIDEO) Protecting and Preserving Black Spaces, Places, and Memories from Hazards and Disasters

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Check out Texas Freedom Colony research team members Jennifer Blanks and Schuyler Carter’s presentation from the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s research symposium today! They presented on Protecting and Preserving Black Spaces, Places, and Memories from Hazards and Disasters. The theme of the College of Architecture’s research symposium this year was Health, Hazards, Harmony: The Future of the Built Environment. Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students presented a diverse range of research and creative works in a variety of presentation modes.  Congratulations Jennifer & Schuyler on a job well done!

September Coffee Talk Announcement

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The September Coffee Talk has been postponed, stay tuned for announcements regarding the October Coffee Talk.
To listen to any of our previous coffee talks, check out our YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz1xJ_TdkmVAWDY521mfhaJ8rJ6B01WYE 

Summer 2020 Newsletter

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Read the rest of the newsletter by clicking here.

(VIDEO) August Coffee Talk

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Enjoy our August coffee talk where our panelists spoke about burial grounds, cemeteries, and final resting places! 

Cemetery Lessons; Join us for a Cemetery Preservation Coffee Talk Aug. 21

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NEXT WEEK'S COFFEE TALK ON FACEBOOK LIVE!


Join us next week to dig into the relationship between African American heritage, place preservation, and cemeteries!


Cemetery Consultant, Steph McDougal, discusses the many lessons that cemeteries can teach us about history, culture, mathematics, and more in the presentation below.



Presentation for Shankleville Community on Cemetery Preservation & Education, Steph McDougal, June 22, 2019.






(VIDEO) Spaces and Places Event

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"Spaces and Places, born of the necessity to be acknowledged within the built environment, has embarked on its most unique and ambitious convening since its conception. Now in its fourth year, the annual grassroots (un)conference will be hosted virtually in partnership with BlackSpace and Next City. This year’s theme, titled Reclaiming, aims to position BIPOC urbanists, designers, and activists as defiant catalysts for liberation and equity."  Read more about the event here


(VIDEO) Museum Curation & Preserving Black Settlements Coffee Talk | July 2020

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For this month's Coffee Talk, our guests discussed the role of museum curation in freedom colony or black settlement preservation, community development, and local politics in Black Bryan-College Station.

Guests :
Oliver Sadberry
Brazos Valley African American Museum Curator

Dr. Cecilia Guisti
Associate Dean of Outreach and Diversity, TAMU College of Architecture; Brazos Valley African American Museum Board Member

Mildred Davis
Brazos Valley African American Museum Board Member

Real Life. Real Issues. Real People.

#MappingMonday!

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Happy #MappingMonday Freedom Colony Fam!  Today we are featuring a truly amazing organization, Soul Fire Farm. 
Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC*-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. They raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, they work to reclaim the collective right of descendants of the African diaspora to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. They bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. They are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.
*BIPOC = Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
Members of the Northeast Farmers of Color Network are claiming their sovereignty and calling for reparations of land and resou…

Coffee Talk!

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Join us for our Monthly Coffee Talk!  Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 10 am.

For this month's Coffee Talk, our guests will be discussing the role of museum curation as it relates to the preservation of freedom colonies and black settlements in general.

Guests will include: Oliver Sadberry Brazos Valley African American Museum Curator
Dr. Cecilia Giusti Associate Dean of Outreach and Diversity, TAMU College of Architecture; Brazos Valley African American Museum Board Member
Mildred Davis Brazos Valley African American Museum Board Member
Grab your morning beverage and join us as we explore the various ways freedom colonies are being preserved.

Introducing #MappingMonday!

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The Texas Freedom Colonies Project's newest feature series #MappingMonday will be highlighting our own Atlas map along with various maps that are highlighting the stories, needs and issues plaguing black settlements. 
Our first feature is the brainchild of our very own team member Jennifer Blanks. Jennifer is leading research on natural disasters' impact on cemetery preservation in historic Black settlements. The lack of mitigation and recovery plans threaten freedom colony landscapes. 
The Cemetery Sista is a space for highlighting the importance of Black cemeteries.
Her main objectives are to: 1. Raise awareness to preserve Black cemeteries 2. Map Black cemeteries using modern technology 3. Share the latest news on Black cemeteries
The goal of The Cemetery Sista is to fill in the gaps of Black history through story-telling with feature stories of everyday Black people who have transitioned to the afterlife. 
Check out her blog and visit https://www.thecemeterysista.com! 
#blacksettle…