June 14-17 - Carolina Low Country & Atlantic World Conference "Transforming Public History from Charleston to the Atlantic World" College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
After participating in a session with Preservation Virginia and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, I was very pleased to meet the two very groovy people in this photo while attending this conference: Dr. Lonnie Bunch (public historian and director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture), and the first director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Other very interesting presentations included the National Memorial to Cotton Pickers and the Gullah-Geechie Nation mapping project.
More poignant was the session with members of the Mother Emanuel AME Church, describing the impact on the church and community in the aftermath of the murders of nine of their members. In his speech at the church on Thursday, the 15th, Dr. Bunch addressed the responsibilities of public historians in the context of the 2nd anniversary of Dylan Roof's horrific attack, including a deep commitment to community collaboration and being unafraid of the complexities of our histories.