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African American Cemeteries: Remembering, Reclaiming, Resisting

Join us for a panel discussion with historians William Sturkey and Kami Fletcher, journalist Brian Palmer, and Erin Hollaway Palmer of Friends of East End Cemetery. Moderated by Duke’s Adam Rosenblatt.

“African American Cemeteries: Remembering, Reclaiming, Resisting” is part of a new education series from the Friends of Geer Cemetery in Durham. This panel includes historians, journalists, and people working in cemeteries. Together, they will inform attendees about the history of Durham’s Geer Cemetery, efforts to preserve the space, gather people together there, and tell its stories — which are the stories of African Americans who built Durham. The speakers are also uniquely poised to place Geer Cemetery in a wider context of contested American memory, African American deathways, white supremacy, gentrification, and public space.

Sponsored by the Friends of Geer Cemetery, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and Duke’s International Comparative Studies. Banner photo of East End Cemetery reclamation work courtesy of Brian Palmer.


November 16, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Friends of Geer Cemetery,
Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke’s International Comparative Studies


North Carolina School of Science and Math- Music Suite
Music Suite 1219 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705, NC 27705 United States
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