"Becoming Free": Black Churches, Black Freedom and Black Sexuality in Postemancipation Virginia"Becoming Free": Black Churches, Black Freedom and Black Sexuality in Postemancipation Virginiahttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/130471Magill Philips Wing2010-03-15T16:30:002010-03-15T18:00:00
March 15, 4:30PM
Magill Philips Wing
Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series Talk by Nicole Myers Turner '97, Ph.D. candidate in History, University of Pennsylvania
The Library, the John B. Hurford ’60 Humanities Center, and the Office of Alumni Relations present a Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series talk by Nicole Myers Turner '97, Ph.D. candidate in History, University of Pennsylvania, entitled "Becoming Free": Black Churches, Black Freedom and Black Sexuality in Postemancipation Virginia
This paper gives a snapshot of what African American religious communities' transition to freedom was about through a look at the Gilfield Baptist Church of Petersburg, Virginia's meeting minutes from 1861-1868. It recounts how free and freed men and women were very much concerned with establishing community boundaries and norms, including defining and re-defining sexual mores and gender roles. This paper reinvisions the traditional narratives of the transition from slavery to freedom by arguing that issues around gender and sexuality were integral to definitions of "becoming free."
Nicole Myers Turner is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She has expanded on her research interests established as a Political Science major and Africana Studies minor while at Haverford through her current research interests in African American political history and the transition from slavery to freedom, African American religious history and the historical constructions of gender and sexuality. Her dissertation, tentatively titled "Man and Woman He Created Them: Reconstructing Gender in Postemancipation Freed Communities in Virginia," draws together these themes.
Tea at 4:15 pm - Lecture at 4:30 pm
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