by Lisa Hayes, Director of Public Programs and Education
From the pool of top-notch applicants received for the first Accokeek Foundation Fellowship in Public History Practice, we selected Terence Johnson. Terence has a bachelor’s degree in American History, master’s degrees in Religious Studies and in Library and Information Science, and has completed all but the dissertation for a PhD in African American History. He has taught a variety of history courses at Loyola University in New Orleans and Savannah State University, a historically black college. For the last several years he has been assisting African American communities and churches in preserving their history and is currently completing a video entitled “Growing Up Gullah” for the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.
Through this fellowship with the Accokeek Foundation, Terence will be curating this year’s African American Heritage Day. The theme of the event will be “Enduring Traditions.” Since Terence only recently relocated to Maryland from the South, this project is providing him with the opportunity to research and connect with the public history community in the Chesapeake Bay region as he puts together a terrific event. So be sure to mark Saturday, September 24th, on your calendars for African American Heritage Day: Enduring Traditions. And please feel free to contact Terence with any questions, ideas, or invitations to your own events. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.