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African American Family History Conference at DC Temple Visitors' Center

KENSINGTON, MARYLAND -- On Saturday, February 2, 2002, The Washington, DC Temple Visitors' Center will host an African American Family History and Genealogy Conference from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with at two-hour noontime break This conference is being hosted in conjunction with the unveiling of the Mark E. Mitchell Collection of African American History at the Visitors' Center as well as an exhibit of African American artifacts pertaining to early black members of our Church.

All events at the Visitors' Center are free and open to the public.

Following are some details of Saturday's conference:

9:00 a.m.--Frederick Douglass, IV, speaking on "Apreciating Your African-American Heritage".

10:00 am--Darius Gray, President of the Genesis Branch of the Church, speaking on "The Freedman's Bank and Other Sources of Genealogical Information for African Americans".

11:00 a.m.-- Margaret Blair Young, Ph.D., a professor of English literature and languages from Brigham Young University, speaking on "Dramatizing Your Family History".

12:00 noon through 2:00 p.m.--Break

2:00 p.m.--Allen Johnson, Ph.D., the President of Ras Group in Austin, Texas and the author of "Celia's Boy", a biography of his father, who was the first African American member of the Church in Texas, speaking on "Oral History Interviews and Family Biographies for African Americans".

3:00 p.m.--Cole Goodwin, professional genealogist from Suitland, Maryland, who will speak and show the ten best Internet sites for African American genealogical research.

3:45 p.m.--A combined choir of African American members of the Church.

We hope you will attend this wonderful conference and will bring your friends and family. If you have any questions, please call us at the Visitors' Center at 301-587-0144.


African American Family History Conference at DC Temple Visitors' Center
Washington DC VC News Release 30Jan02 US DC Wash D1


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