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Descendants of enslaved people in colonial America and the USA – Lecture at Historic New Bridge Landing
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dr. Evelyn McDowell, Ph.D. will present a program for the Bergen County Historical Society on the creation of Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, a new lineage society for descendants of enslaved people in colonial America and the United States of America.
The presentation will cover the history and purpose of the organization, as well as eligibility requirements for membership, the organization’s objectives and past and future events.
Many African-Americans believe it is impossible or too difficult to trace their lineage, but with new information frequently coming online, it is increasingly possible to go back many, many generations. Dr. McDowell will discuss how she used historical records to find her direct lineage to more than 35 enslaved ancestors, how connecting to them changed her life, and her pursuit to encouraging others to do the same.
Dr. Evelyn McDowell, Ph.D. is an associate professor of accounting at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. She is founder, charter member, and President of Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, as well as a member of the Princeton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She currently researches diversity in the accounting profession and the effect of slavery on tax policy and reporting.