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Embodiments of Memory: African American Remains & Representations

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"Race, Class and Gender in Southern Heritage Tourism: Coin Coin, Cammie, Chopin and Clementine at Melrose Plantation, Natchitoches, Louisiana," Prof. Stephen Small, African American Studies

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"A Brief History of Collecting, Researching, and Displaying African American Human Remains in the United States," Samuel J. Redman, History

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Wed, 09/22/2010 - 16:00 to 17:30

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691 Barrows Hall

***PLEASE NOTE THE DAY OF THIS FORUM IS ON A WEDNESDAY!***

EMBODIMENTS OF MEMORY: AFRICAN AMERICAN REMAINS &Ā REPRESENTATIONS

Seeking Freedom, Finding News: The Journey of Thomas de la Torre, A Slave in Spanish Florida

Alejandra Dubovsky, History

In 1686, Thomas de la Torre, a 46-year mulatto slave, joined a Spanish military expedition against Port Royal, South Carolina. While the Spanish forces were defeated by ravaging storms, Thomas survived. The foul weather, however, proved to be only the beginning of his misfortunes; Thomas endured English imprisonment, pirate raids, and Indian threats, before being able to return to St. Augustine.

In 1686, Thomas de la Torre, a 46-year mulatto slave, joined a Spanish military expedition against Port Royal, South Carolina. While the Spanish forces were defeated by ravaging storms, Thomas survived. The foul weather, however, proved to be only the beginning of his misfortunes; Thomas endured English imprisonment, pirate raids, and Indian threats, before being able to return to St. Augustine. This paper analyzes Thomas de la Torreā€™s testimony, a previously unexamined Spanish source, which gives insight into both the many forces shaping the colonial southeast and the ways in which an individual could travel and traverse through these contested spaces.

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'I Would Not Bear My Mother's Name As Surname': Colonial Anthroponomy and Gender Identity in a Former Slave-Trading Society

Prof. Ugo Nwokeji, African American Studies

By virtue of being an aspect of language, naming expresses power and social change. From this perspective, systems of surnames in precolonial Africa and their transformation during the colonial period is a narrative of power relations in precolonial Africa on the one hand and between empire and its colonial/postcolonial subjects on the other.

By virtue of being an aspect of language, naming expresses power and social change. From this perspective, systems of surnames in precolonial Africa and their transformation during the colonial period is a narrative of power relations in precolonial Africa on the one hand and between empire and its colonial/postcolonial subjects on the other.

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