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Woodland Cemetery Historic Preservation

Virtual Research Symposium

Historic Cemeteries and the University:

The Power of Place and Community

October 7, 2021
9am - 8pm (EST)

Between July 2020 and January 2021, 667 unmarked burials were recovered in Woodland Cemetery on the Clemson University campus using ground penetrating radar. White flags mark each burial plot. Some of the graves are believed to date back at least to the early nineteenth century. Sacred burial grounds like the one in Woodland Cemetery are intricately tied to communities, often African American or Native American, that existed long before higher education institutions were established. As the research and community engagement team at Clemson works to recover the history of this burial ground, we have invited scholars, community members, and professionals to discuss and engage in conversations with the public about historic cemeteries and the university during our first annual research symposium on October 7, 2021. The symposium is free and open to the public and will be held virtually. Registration is required to participate in the program. Click the link below to register. Your registration provides access to all of the panels and the video tour of Woodland Cemetery. You may attend one, two, or three panels and/or the video tour or stay logged on for the duration of the symposium.

 
A white flag designating an unmarked grave sits next to a field stone in Woodland Cemetery on the Clemson campus.

Symposium Schedule

 

Panel Discussions

Participants on four panels will discuss archeology, community engagement, including restorative justice, research strategies, and memorialization associated with historic cemeteries. Panelists will talk about a variety of historic cemeteries and/or burial grounds, including those for Native Americans and African Americans, as well as those located on university campuses, in local communities, and on personal property. Your registration provides access to all of the panels and the video tour of Woodland Cemetery. You may sign on and off or stay logged on for the duration of the symposium. There will be a 10- to 15-minute break between each session. All sessions will be recorded and made available to the public.

Click here for the registration link for all panel discussions and video tour of Woodland Cemetery.

 

9:00am - 10:15am (EST)
Archeology Methods and Analysis for Historic Cemeteries

Facilitator: Joshua Catalano, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Public History Emphasis, Department of History, Clemson University

  • David Markus, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Clemson University
  • Brian E. Gandy, County Historian and Director, Darlington County Historical Commission and Museum
  • Shelby Driskill, Research Coordinator, Inclusive History Project, University of Richmond

 

10:30am - 11:45am (EST)
Engagement with Multiple Stakeholders on Campus and in the Community

Facilitator: La’Neice Littleton, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Humanities and African American Life, Call My Name Project and Humanities Hub, Clemson University

  • Alexia Helsley, Senior Instructor of History, Political Science, and Philosophy, University of South Carolina-Aiken  
  • Brian Stack, Community Engagement Assistant, Legacy Council, Clemson University
  • Shelby Henderson, Director, Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum, and Community Engagement Council Member, Woodland Cemetery Preservation Project, Clemson University
  • Antoinette T. Jackson, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida, and Founder and Director, The Black Cemetery Network
  • Jeffrey Keith, Professor of Global Studies, Warren Wilson College
  • David Moore, Professor of Anthropology, Warren Wilson College

 

Noon - 1:00pm (EST)
Video Tour of Woodland Cemetery and the African American Burial Ground at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, will be shown during the lunch break.

 

1:30pm - 2:45pm (EST)
Archival Research: Collaboration and Discovery

Facilitator: Brenda L. Burk, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Clemson University

  • Mary Beth Corrigan, Curator for Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation Collections, Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Georgetown University Libraries
  • Steve Armour, University Archivist, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia
  • Brenda Gunn, Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, Small Special Collections Library, University of Viriginia

 

3:00pm - 4:15pm (EST)
Known and Unknown Burials: Storytelling and Memorialization for Historic Cemeteries

Facilitator: Raymond Huff, Director, Clemson Design Center and Clemson Architectural Center, Charleston, SC

  • Lynn Rainville, Director of Institutional History and the Museums, Washington and Lee University
  • Katherine Schwennsen, Professor, School of Architecture, Clemson University
  • Scott Nesbit, Associate Professor, College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia

 

Facilitated Conversations about Historic Cemeteries

Since starting the most recent phase of the preservation, restoration, and memorialization of Woodland Cemetery in the summer of 2020, we have received a steady stream of inquiries about all aspects of our work. These discussions, facilitated by members of our research and community engagement team on Zoom, offer you the opportunity to participate in conversations about historic cemeteries on the topics below. Registration, separate from that required for the symposium panels above, is required for each conversation. Click the link(s) below to register.

 

6:00pm - 7:00pm (EST)
Session 1 - Memorials, Monuments, and Markers in Historic Cemeteries

Facilitators:

  • Raymond Huff, Director, Clemson Design Center and Clemson Architectural Center, Charleston, SC
  • Michael Allen, CEO/Founder, MOA Architecture, Inc.
Click here for the zoom registration link for Session 1

 

Session 2 - Community Engagement, Collaboration, and Restorative Justice for Historic Cemeteries

Facilitators:

  • Brian Stack, Community Engagement Assistant, Legacy Council, Clemson University
  • Shelby Henderson, Director, Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum, Community Engagement Council Member, Woodland Cemetery Preservation Project, Clemson University
Click here for the zoom registration link for Session 2

 

7:00pm - 8:00pm (EST)
Session 3 - Archival Research Methods and Strategies for Documenting Historic Cemeteries

Facilitators:

  • Rhondda R. Thomas, Research and Community Engagement Coordinator, Legacy Council, and Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature, Clemson University
  • Brenda L. Burk, Director, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Clemson University
Click here for the zoom registration link for Session 3

 

Session 4 - Archeology Tools and Techniques for Examining Historic Cemeteries

Facilitators:

  • David Markus, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Clemson University
  • Joshua Catalano, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Public History Emphasis, Department of History, Clemson University
Click here for the zoom registration link for Session 4

 

This symposium is sponsored by the Legacy Council, Woodland Cemetery Project, Clemson University, and the City of Clemson.

Contact Information

If you have further questions about the Research Symposium, please email afamburials@clemson.edu or call (864) 656-8855.