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The Black Homesteading Experience: Uncovering and Sharing the Experience of Black Homesteaders

Deep family roots

Date: Time: 2:00 pm
Zoom - Registration required
Contact: Katie Nieland, (402) 472-3965,
Deep family roots will be the topic of a virtual event in Nebraska with award-winning genealogist and author Bernice Alexander Bennett.

Bernice Alexander Bennett, a New Orleans native and current resident of Maryland, enjoyed a 35-year career in domestic and international health before becoming a genealogist. Now she focuses on helping others discover their genealogical health. Bennett has documented her African American roots in the Orleans, St. Helena, Livingston parishes of Louisiana, and Edgefield and Greenwood counties of South Carolina.

This has been changed to a VIRTUAL event on Aug. 14, 2 p.m. Register for the Zoom link here:

The Black Homesteader Project is a multi-year endeavor started by Richard Edwards, director emeritus of the Center. The project rebuilds the histories of Black communities in Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico and has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, and the 400 Years of African American History Fund, among others, since its inception.

Bennett speaks widely on genealogy and most recently published “Tracing Their Steps: A Memoir.” The book received the Next Generations Indie Award in 2021 for the African American (Non-Fiction) book category and was a semi-finalist in 2021 for the Winning Writer’s Book award. She also hosts two podcasts, Research at the National Archives and “Beyond Blog TalkRadio.”

The event is free, but registration is strongly encouraged.

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This event originated in Center for Great Plains Studies.