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the first ever Black Belt African American


Preserving our history ~ Creating family legacies


February 16-18, 2007


Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance (ACPA)
Cemetery Preservation 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

ACPA is a statewide volunteer organization dedicated to honoring, recording, restoring and preserving all cemeteries and burial grounds throughout Alabama. Its goal is to locate confirm and register every cemetery in the state of Alabama, regardless of age, location, or religious and ethnic background. 

Melvin J. Collier Melvin J. Collier
Family Reunion Planning 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Melvin has been organizing and chairing family reunions since 1997. Under his direction, the Reed-Puryear Family Reunion has grown from 75 members in 1998 to over 200 in 2006. The Reed-Puryear Family Reunion was featued in the July 2006 issue of Ebony Magazine and their website, which he built and maintains, was voted the Best Family Reunion site for 2006 by the Black Web Awards. Melvin currently serves as the Family Reunion Forum manager at AfriGeneas.com and was recently named their 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

Mary Jones-Fitts
Beginning Genealogy 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Introduction to Slave Research 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mary is a professional genealogist with more than 25 years experience. She is an expert in Alabama slave records, specializing in Marengo and surrounding counties. Mary is the founder and organizer of the Faunsdale Connection, the annual reunion of the descendants of the 81 slaves that were brought to Faunsdale Plantation in Marengo County, AL from Somerset Place Plantation, Creswell, NC in 1843. She is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter.

Gwen M. Holland
Genealogy Case Study 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

** COMING **

Regis Marshall Nicoll Regis Marshall Nicoll
The Legacy of William Wilberforce 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Regis  is a Centurion of the Wilberforce Forum, a Christian think tank of Prison Fellowship Ministries promoting justice, freedom of religion, and the sanctity of life. He is a columnist for Chuck Colsonís BreakPoint and a Contributing Editor for Salvo Magazine. His writings on faith and culture regularly appear on Crosswalk and the Crux Project among other places. Serving as a menís ministry leader and worldview teacher in his community, Regis also publishes a free weekly commentary to stimulate thought on current issues from a Christian perspective.

Lovie Johnson Warren
Researching School Records 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Lovie is an experienced genealogist whose research centers on Marengo, Jefferson, Mobile and Wilcox counties in Alabama and the Quivers, Davenport, Gaines and Compton surnames and variable spellings. She has presented her research using courthouse records and little known schools censuses at the Annual Family History Conference at Olive Harvey College, Chicago, IL and has been a featured speaker on the Chicago Access Network television program. She is a member of the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago. 


A partial list of exhibitors and vendors (list growing daily)

African American Cemeteries Online
African-Atlantic Genealogical Society - Central Alabama
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society - Metro Atlanta
Alabama Department of Archives and History
Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance
Alabama Historical Commission
Richard Bailey, author
Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group
Black Belt of Alabama DNA Project
Black Belt Community Foundation
Black Heritage Council
Camden Academy Alumni Association
Cotton House
Congressman Artur Davis
Dulaney Family Reunion
Faunsdale Connection
Freedom Walk America
Future Education Center
Montgomery Genealogical Society
National Council of Negro Women - Wilcox Section
National Voting Rights Museum
Ninth and Tenth (Horse) Cavalry Association - Alabama Chapter #1
Norris Family of Wilcox County and Selma, AL
Robes and Gowns
Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society
Selma-Dallas County Tourism and Convention Bureau
Slavery and Civil War Museum
Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation
Wilcox County Historical Society
Women in Land Ownership

9 Feb 2007 :: 14 Feb 2007
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Black Belt African American Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc.