Preserving African American Historic Places Mini-Conference

Mar 6, 2020

The Lyceum
201 S Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Join us at the Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum for a one-day conference to provide networking opportunities and tools to help build capacity and strengthen organizations preserving African American historic sites in Virginia.

Building on the success of past programs focused on advocating for African American historic resources, including schools (Rosenwald-funded and otherwise) and cemeteries, this one-day conference will provide attendees with advocacy, documentation and funding tools with time built in for collaboration and networking.

9:00-9:15         Welcome and Introductions
Elizabeth Kostelny, Preservation Virginia
Audrey Davis, Alexandria Black History Museum and Alexandria Freedom House

9:15-10:00       Keynote
Brent Leggs, Director, African American History and Culture, National Trust for Historic Preservation

10:15-11:15    Panel Session 1: Advocating for African American Historic Places 
Engaging, organizing and empowering individuals and communities to influence policy decisions.

Moderator: EJ Scott, VA Women’s Monument Commission, Vice President of the NAACP Prince William County
Viola O. Baskerville, Evergreen and East End Cemeteries
Audrey Davis, Alexandria Black History Museum and Alexandria Freedom House
Ana Edwards, Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project
Brett Glymph, Virginia Outdoors Foundation
Nan Roberts, Scrabble School
Susannah Spencer, Scrabble School

11:15-11:30    Mapping of Green Book Sites in Virginia
Presentation on mapping Green Book sites in Virginia.
Susan Hellman, City of Alexandria Planning Department

12:30 -1:30      Panel Session 2: Documentation Tools for African American Historic Places
Tools for identifying and recording African American historic sites including archival research, publications, mapping and archaeological investigations.  
Moderator: Dr. Lauranette Lee, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, Univ. of Richmond
Eleanor Breen, City of Alexandria City Archaeology
Krystyn Moon, University of Mary Washington
Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Virginia Department Historic Resources
Cynthia Torres, Arlington County Government

1:45- 2:45       Panel Session 3: Preservation Funding Tools
Making the economic case for preserving sites; grassroots fundraising; working with donors and foundations; local, state and federal grant opportunities.
Moderator: Justin Reid, Virginia Humanities
Will Glasco, Preservation Virginia
Jim Hare, Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Lawana Holland-Moore, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Jessica Kelly, National Park Service

3:00-3:30        Final Question and Answer Panel and Conclusion
Moving forward and final question and answer session with all panelists.
All Panelists

Information Tables
Section 106
An information table will be available at the conference to provide information and guidance on the Section 106 process of the National Historic Preservation Act with Laura Lavernia, Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

Rosenwald Schools Network
An information table will be available to provide information on how to get involved and stay updated on the Virginia Rosenwald Schools Network.

Parking Information

A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available at the Lyceum parking lot. For all other attendees the Courthouse Square Parking Garage, located at 228 S. Washington Street, is the closest (2-minute walk) parking option. The Alexandria Amtrak Station and the King Street Metro Station are 1 mile from the Lyceum. City of Alexandria parking map.  

General admission is $60 (coffee and lunch included).

Register today!