Would you like to join the US Black Heritage Project?/2

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The US Black Heritage Project works on profiles for those enslaved in the U.S. across all times in history, the descendants of those slaves, as well as Americans of African descent.

Some of our goals are to add, connect, and honor members of the African-American community as well as welcoming new WikiTree members and helping them to connect to their ancestors.

If you are a WikiTree member, have signed the Honor Code, and would like to join us, please:

**Answer below** with what activity(s) you would like to help us with and which team you would like to be on: (current choices are 1) Profile Improvement, 2) Enslaved People, 3) Topics--see our project page for more information. More teams will be created as more members are added).

Do you want to help, but you can't commit to regular activity? Follow the black_heritage tag and watch for posts from us asking for help on specific tasks/projects.

Want an easy task you can do now? Please add the African-American sticker to all of your profiles from this community. This will help us honor them, work on them, and watch our number of profiles grow. {{African-American Sticker}}

Thanks so much!

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (720k points)
Would love to join. Very new to Wikitree. I am trying to learn the format. Thank you.
I would like to suggest that your project adopt the profile for Frazier Baker [[Baker-43872|Frazier B. Baker (-1898)]], a black school teacher and postmaster who was murdered in the late 1800's by a white mob, who also murdered his youngest daughter and attempted to kill his whole family.
Larita, I just sent you a private message which will come to your email.

Alison, I picked up that profile for Frazier. Thanks!

I'm interested in the Enslaved People section.  I've assembled a land history for a particular property that includes about 28 first names of enslaved people among three enslaving families. I could use some advice for properly recording them within WikiTree.

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+11 votes

I would like to join the project as part of the Profile Improvement and Topics teams smiley

by Maxx Martin G2G6 Mach 2 (24.3k points)
Thanks Maxx. I sent you a private message with more information.
+8 votes
I wouldn't mind lending a hand in this project the best way I can.

I had previously taken on a Tuskegee Airman Robert Cole and allot of work was accomplished too.


~Brian Kerr
by Brian Kerr G2G6 Pilot (270k points)
Just an FYI...

I had added the appropriate tag as per the project page and It appears that I now fit the criteria for joining this project.

Thanks a Bunch! :-)

~Brian Kerr
Hi Brian, sending you a PM with more information. Thanks! Emma
I had just responded to your PM. Thank you very much! :-)

~Brian Kerr
+6 votes
I, too, would like to join this project.  A branch of my family tree is descended from a freed slave, Jackson-32511.

I think that Enslaved People and Profile Improvement are two teams that I can help.
by Candyce Fulford G2G6 Mach 1 (12.9k points)
Hi Candyce, I had sent you a message a couple of weeks ago, but sometimes my emails go astray. I'll resend it. Emma
Thank you.  I'll look for your message.
+4 votes
I do not have the spare time to actually join the project, but would suggest that your project might like to adopt a profile that I created last year for Nannie Helen Burroughs. It is so far unconnected, but I have sources for her parents, which are listed in the bio.

by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 6 (62.7k points)

thank you so much for creating this profile, Alison! I sent you a request to add the project. I understand that you don't have time to regularly work on project needs, but any time you can add a new profile or add to an existing one, that really helpssmiley

Thank you for taking it on!
+5 votes

As per the discussion in email. 

I guess profile improvement (if you consider my usual "style" as improving profiles cheeky) and / or topical would be best.  (I have an interest in firsts, notables, and notable women (who seem to be listed twice on the US Black Heritage Project Teams page).)

by Melanie Paul G2G6 Pilot (269k points)
I've got you on our list. Thanks, Melanie! I love all the work you do to make profiles great.
+8 votes
Sign me up, Emma! I enjoyed working on Gate's family.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
Welcome Pippen!  And I think Team Gates did a fantastic job as shown by Dr. Gates reaction to the presentation!
Hi, Bartley! Gates’ reaction touched me. I felt glad to be a part of it.
+4 votes
I would like to join this project, Emma, with emphasis on Profile Improvement/Connecting.
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (759k points)
Got you added!
+3 votes
I would like to join the project as part of the Enslaved People team.  I'm already trying to identify descendants of slaves held by my own ancestors, so this seems like a good fit.  Also, in the past I have worked on Wikipedia articles for some of the black Texas Legislators that were elected during the Reconstruction period.
by Randall Merriott G2G2 (2.2k points)
I just sent you a message about the project. Thanks! Emma
+1 vote
I have been researching family history since 1988 and am interested in Topics and Profile Improvements section.
ago by Kevin Connor G2G Rookie (230 points)
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I would like to help out with the Enslaved People part of the project and will add the sticker to profiles I create. I am currently working on gathering information about people enslaved by my ggg- and gggg-grandfathers' households in Panola County, Texas. So far I only have 1850 and 1860 the slave schedules, without names attached. I'll probably stick with tracking down as much as I can about people enslaved by my relatives first and then could expand to help improve other profiles. I'm also in the process of adding information to beyondkin.org and am following the projects of https://enslaved.org/.
Thanks - Sacha
ago by Sacha Heath G2G Crew (440 points)
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Hello. I would like to work on the Enslaved People project. In researching my family tree, I discovered records documenting names of several enslavers in early New Jersey, as well as manumission records. I want this information brought to light for anyone else searching.
ago by Christine Hill G2G Crew (440 points)

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