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Lunch and Learn: Researching Baltimore’s Historic Laurel Cemetery

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Laurel Cemetery was incorporated in 1852 as the first nondenominational cemetery for African Americans in Baltimore, quickly becoming a popular place of burial across Black Baltimore’s socioeconomic spectrum.  This presentation will discuss past and ongoing collaborative archival research, and further history being revealed about the people and community associated with Laurel Cemetery. 

Elgin Klugh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Social and Political Sciences at Coppin State University. He is an alumnus of Morehouse College and the University of South Florida doctoral program in Applied Anthropology. His primary research interests include heritage, cultural landscapes, community revitalization, and Genealogy.  In his current role as President of the Laurel Cemetery Memorial Project, Inc., he focuses on the history and remembrance of Baltimore’s former Laurel Cemetery.  Additionally, he serves as Coppin State University's representative on the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Dr. Klugh maintains active memberships with the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and the Oral History Association.

Isaac Shearn holds adjunct professor positions in the Department of Applied Social and Political Sciences at Coppin State University, as well as the Community College of Baltimore County, and the University of Baltimore. He earned his BA at the University of Vermont and his MA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Florida in 2014. His research includes the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Caribbean and South America, with a focus on public archaeology, developing inclusive and participatory methods. His recent efforts have been oriented toward integrating three-dimensional photogrammetric mapping techniques with more traditional archaeological methods. Additionally, he conducts local research in Baltimore in historical archaeology focusing on urbanism and the politics of memory. He currently serves as the chair of the Education and Outreach Committee for the Laurel Cemetery Memorial Project, Inc.

ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

Presented in partnership with The Maryland State Archives and The Maryland Four Centuries Project.

Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 1:00pm

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Virtual Event, Civic Engagement

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Adults, Seniors

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