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Family History Month- North Birmingham Library Hosts Workshop on Abandoned Black Cemeteries; John Phillip Colletta workshops to take place Saturday, Oct. 26, at Central Library

The Birmingham Public Library's 2019 Family History Month observance is entering its final week. On Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 10 a.m. in Arrington Auditorium,  BPL's Central Library is hosting four free workshops presented by nationally renowned genealogy expert John Phillip Colletta.

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This week, North Birmingham Library hosted a free workshop on abandoned black cemeteries presented by Wanda Looney of the Birmingham African American Genealogy Group - See details below and attached

For immediate release Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

Birmingham, Ala.-As a member of the Birmingham African American Genealogy Group, Wanda Looney spends much of her time helping fellow African Americans gather information about their ancestors. A lot of that history is buried and abandoned in the ground, she says. There are over 100 black forgotten cemeteries in Jefferson County, Looney said while presenting a workshop, Missing and Abandoned African American Cemeteries, at North Birmingham Regional Branch Library on October 21 as part of the Birmingham Public Library’s 2019 Family History Month series.
“These are our ancestors,” Looney said, pointing at photo of a wooded area in Pratt City believed to contain 4,000 hidden black graves—some dating back over 200 years. “They didn’t think their graves would be looking like this. We need to find out where they are, who they are, and bring their names to light because they are somebody’s relative.”

The Birmingham African American Genealogy Group meets monthly at the Central Library, and helps African Americans research their ancestors. Family History Month is observed annually since 2001 during October to promote the importance of family and researching your family tree.

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