Coming to Campus: Entangled Lives

The presentation Entangled Lives: A Conversation Between Descendants of “Master” and Enslaved will be visiting campus next week. Co-sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education and the African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky, the presentation is an ever-evolving project of public history created by Pam Smith and Ann Neel.

entangled lives

Pam Smith and Ann Neel met and became friends over 20 years ago through a mutual passion for family history research. Ann, a white Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women Studies and Pam, a black communications consultant and current Graduate Student in History, created this presentation when they discovered that one of Ann’s ancestors had owned one of Pam’s in slaveholding Missouri. Their particular family stories are deeply embedded in the massive entangled migration of white and black families across the North American continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, within a social structure that enforced black subordination with ideologies of white supremacy. This presentation is designed to show how racial reconciliation and genuine friendship in the present becomes possible when honest communication and about the harms and pain of the past is accompanied by large doses of care, tenacity, courage, and humor.

This program will be presented on Friday, April 19th from 11:30 – 1:00 and again on
Saturday, April 20th at 1:00 p.m at the Carter G. Woodson Gallery.

For more information, contact Hutchins Library’s own Sharyn Mitchell via email at:

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