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For immediate release Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                 
Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library        
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                          
Black Heritage Fair on Saturday, Feb. 3 kicks off Central Library’s 2018 Black History Month programs

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—A Black Heritage Fair taking place Saturday, Feb. 3, hosted by the Birmingham African American Genealogy Group, will kick off the Central Library’s 2018 Black History Month programs. Eighteen of BPL’s 19 library locations are hosting over 80 Black History Month programs during February. You can see the full schedule by clicking the calendar at

The Birmingham African American Genealogy Group meets monthly at the Central Library. The Black Heritage Fair, taking place Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will feature African Dance, African art, speakers on genealogy and researching your black family history, youth speakers, and educational displays. For more information, call Walter Sturdivant at 205-422-8102.
Genealogy, the study of family history, is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. BPL has one of the largest genealogy collections in the nation, and provides classes and resources to patrons visiting Birmingham from across the globe to explore their family history, said BPL Southern History Department Chair Mary Beth Newbill.

Among the programs:
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at 6 p.m., Arrington Auditorium Former Slave-Slaveholder Relationships in Postwar 1865- See links below: BPL website
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The dawn of full legal emancipation forced former slaves and former slaveholders alike to reinvent their work relationships so that both groups could meet the challenges of daily life during a difficult time. Paul Boncella of the Southern History Department draws on Freedmen's Bureau labor contracts and WPA slave narratives to demonstrate how slave-slaveholder bonds both changed and stayed the same during the critical half year after the end of the Civil War.

The Beyond Kin Project: Making the Slave Connection Sunday, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m. Arrington Auditorium Project co-founders Donna Cox Baker and Frazine K. Taylor will teach a software method and research techniques for handling the unique complexities of plantation genealogy. Descendants of both slaveholders and enslaved persons will learn how to find and account for the under documented and often nameless plantation members using common genealogy tools.

Beyond Kin BPL link: Beyond Kin Birmingham365 link -

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