Recovering the Histories of Seven Enslaved Americans


Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—Online

For seven seasons, award-winning Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has uncovered the ancestral stories of celebrity guests on his hit-television series, Finding Your Roots. In this program, Gates will be joined by Dr. Gregg Hecimovich to discuss the process of unearthing the histories of formerly enslaved people. The focus will be on  Alfred, Delia, Drana, Fassena, Jack, Jim, and Renty, seven Black men and women who were photographed against their will in Columbia, South Carolina in 1850. These controversial photographs are the subject of a new book, To Make Their Own Way in the World (Peabody Museum Press/Aperture, 2020).

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