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Woodland Cemetery Historic Preservation

Project Team

Historical Research Team

Telling an accurate history of the African American Burial Ground and Woodland Cemetery involves diligent and thorough historical research. The Historical Research Team works in libraries, archives, and in local communities to research important documents and listen to oral histories that will help recover the stories of individuals and families who may be buried at the site. 

Dr. Rhondda Thomas, Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature and Call My Name Faculty Director

Dr. Sara Collini, Postdoctoral Fellow in University History

Dr. La'Neice Littleton, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Humanities and African American Life

Marissa Davis, Graduate Research Assistant

Community Engagement Council

Collaboration and partnership with the African American communities surrounding Clemson University is essential. Community leaders from the four local areas surrounding Clemson, including Anderson, Clemson-Central, Pendleton, and Oconee County, advise on local research, community outreach, and preservation and memorialization plans for the African American Burial Ground.  


J. T. Boseman

Jack Henderson

Nekaun Swinger

Dr. Beatrice Thompson


Rosa Grayden

Dalphene Jameson

Pastor Zackary Johnson


Sandra Gantt

Terence Hassan

Yvette Jones

Oconee County

Shelby Henderson

Kathy Jenkins

Helen Rosemond-Saunders

Clemson University Board of Trustees Task Force

The Clemson Board of Trustees appointed a Task Force to develop a preservation plan for the burial ground.

David Dukes, Chair

Dr. Louis Lynn

Kim Wilkerson

Legacy Council

The Legacy Council, appointed by the Task Force, assists with the development of the preservation plan and with community engagement. 

Dr. Paul Anderson

President Emeritus James F. Barker

Dr. James Bostic

David Dukes

Dr. Rhondda Thomas

Project Affiliates

Several people and organizations across campus, South Carolina, and the nation also contribute to this project by providing scientific and historical research, expert consulting, and advising. Their support is invaluable to the project. 

Call My Name: African Americans in Clemson University History

Clemson University Special Collections and Archives

Preservation South and Summit Engineering, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Survey

Dr. Michael Blakey, NEH Professor of Anthropology, Africana Studies, and American Studies and Founding Director of the Institute for Historical Biology at the College of William & Mary

Dr. Lawrence Conyers, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Denver

Dr. Lynn Rainville, Director of Institutional History and the Museums at Washington and Lee University