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Upcoming DEC Events

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2023 Descendants Day: Family Reunion

Saturday, April 15 | 11am | Virtual Event | Register >


Join us for our virtual Descendants Day: Family Reunion programming featuring keynote speaker Nicka Sewell-Smith. 

Nicka Smith is a host, consultant, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in researching the enslaved and their communities and is a valued expert in genealogy research along the Mississippi Delta. Nicka has diverse and varied experience in media with a background in audio, video, and written communications. She's appeared on TODAY Show, CNN, MSNBC, was featured on an Emmy winning episode of the series Who Do You Think You Are, and has been interviewed by Oakland Tribune, The Undefeated, National Geographic, and TIME. She is the host of BlackProGen LIVE, an innovative web show with more than 130 episodes focused on people of color genealogy and family history.

Book Talk: Reclamation with Gayle Jessup White

Sunday, November 21, 2021
3:00pm | Free - Registration Required


A Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings’ family explores America’s racial reckoning through the prism of her ancestors—both the enslaver and the enslaved.

Tropical Leaves

Inaugural Descendants Day

April 9, 2021


Dr. Andrea Douglas
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center


Dr. Jody Allen

The Lemon Project at William and Mary


Dr. Michael Blakey

Montpelier Descendants Committee

Guest Panelists

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