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The Homecoming: Symposium

  • King Seabrook Auditorium @ HT
  • 900 Chicon Street
  • Austin, TX 78702-2795
  • November 4, 2016
  • Phone: (512) 505-8738
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: Free w/ RSVP

Six Square’s The Homecoming event begins with a symposium that includes presentations from key scholars. The event not only draws attention to neglected African-American cemeteries but also facilitates awareness and education about the history and importance of African-American sacred burial grounds.

Speakers include:
Dr. Michael Blakey, College of William and Mary, Department of Anthropology
Dr. James Davidson, Professor of Anthropology at University of Florida
Dr. Nesta Anderson, Senior Archaeologist at Pape-Dawson Engineers
Dale Flatt, Save Austin’s Cemeteries
Dr. Fred L. McGhee, Historical Archaeologist and Founder of Fred L. McGhee and Associates.
Lisa Byrd, Moderator

Keynote Speaker
Michael Blakey
Michael L. Blakey is National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology, and American Studies, and Founding Director of the Institute for Historical Biology at the College of William and Mary. Professor Blakey was a Key Advisor of the award-winning Race Exhibition of the American Anthropological Association, where he held several offices including President of the Association of Black Anthropologists (1987-1989). He is a member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee of the National Museum of African American History and Culture of the Smithsonian Institution, where he previously held the position of Research Associate in Physical Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History (1985-1994). He was Scientific Director of New York City’s Colonial African Burial Ground Project (1992-2004).

The Homecoming: Symposium