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About the Event
This FREE virtual community event is sponsored jointly by the Afro-American Historical and
Genealogical Society, Inc.-Prince George’s County, Maryland Chapter (AAHGS-PGCM), the
Prince George’s County Historical Society and the Chairman of the Prince George’s County
Planning Board, Elizabeth M. Hewlett.
Keynote Address: “Juneteenth: Unaware Of Their Freedom”
Professor Dale Green - The greatest blueprint that Morgan State University Professor
Dale Glenwood Green will ever encounter was not drawn with ink and paper. Instead, the
‘plan’ was lived out before him by his grandparents. They taught him how to build a life of
purpose by valuing history, preserving Black institutions, and being intentional with his
existence. These beliefs were in essence inherited, as Professor Green has an ancestry
intertwined with some of the most consequential individuals in American history, including
his maternal line of Bishop Alexander Wayman and Frederick Douglass; and his paternal
line of Reverend Samuel Green and Harriet Tubman.
Professor Green is also a Partner in the fifth oldest African American architectural firm in
the nation, Sulton Campbell Britt and Associates, P.C. where he works to develop new
sites and preserve historical ones too. He is not only a respected leader in the building
industry but also a sought after lecturer and scholar of African American heritage. Amongst
his titles, he is The Professor of the Practice for Architecture and Historic Preservation at Morgan State University. As he teaches his students, he knows he is doing more than building their careers. He is answering the call of his ancestors, shaping young minds and skylines in the process.
Workshop: Quilt Codes and the Underground Railroad: History or Mystery
Dr. Blanche Brownley, retired Mathematics educator from the D.C. Public Schools, also taught as an
adjunct professor at American, Howard, and Trinity Washington Universities. She serves as a docent at
the Slave Museum and volunteers at the African Art Museum in Sandy Spring, Maryland. She is a member
of the AAHGS-Montgomery County Maryland Chapter.
Workshop: Georgetown Memory Project: The Genealogical Pursuit of Truth, Reconciliation & Reunion
Malissa Ruffner, JD, MLS, CG, a resident of Baltimore, has worked for the Georgetown Memory Project
since 2016. She was the director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) from 2015 until
2020, and the editor of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal from 2017 to 2019.
Workshop: Moses Grandy Opens Doors to Our African Homeland
Eric Anthony Sheppard is President and founder of Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc., He is a selfpublished author and family genealogy researcher. During his genealogy research, he discovered a slave
narrative about a former slave named Moses Grandy from Camden, North Carolina, who is part of his
Grandy family ancestry and his ancestor. He is a former member of the AAHGS-Columbia, now Central
2021 Virtual Juneteenth Seminar Sessions Timeline
10:00 -10:10a.m. President Greeting
10:15-11:15 a.m. Dale Green Juneteenth: Unaware of Their Freedom
11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m Malissa Ruffner The Georgetown Memory Project: the Pursuit of Truth, Reconciliation, and Reunion
12:35-1:35 p.m. Blanche Brownley Quilts Codes of th underground Railroad
1:40-2:40 p.m. Eric Sheppard Moses Grandy Opens Doors to Our African Homeland
2:45-3:00 p.m. President Closing/Evaluation
Dale Green Juneteenth: Unaware of Their Freedom