From This Day Forward – Documenting Marital Unions of Enslaved and Emancipated Persons, with Renate Yarborough Sanders

Emily Sienkiewicz

Despite the fact that their marriages were not legally recognized before 1865, enslaved couples were uniting in “quasi-marital” relationships, and were cohabitating as husband and wife, as evidenced by many extant documents created during and after the end of America’s Civil War. In this presentation, we explore examples of documents that provide evidence of these relationships, and sources for finding them. For details see

The Role of African Americans in the Civil War

Emily Sienkiewicz

African Americans played critical and transformative role in the Civil War. This webinar will provide a comprehensive overview, highlighting their significant contributions not only as soldiers but also as laborers, spies, and nurses. These roles were crucial to the Union’s triumph. Our distinguished panel, featuring Darius Brown and Nicka Sewell Smith, will shed light on the myriad challenges these individuals faced, their relentless struggle for freedom and equality, and the profound impact their service had on the outcome of the war and the shaping of American history. This narrative eloquently articulates the indispensable role of African American participation in one of the most pivotal conflicts of our nation. For details see

Finding Descendants of a Civil War Cemetery, a Lemon’s Legacies Porch Talk

Emily Sienkiewicz

Char McCargo Bah will discuss finding descendants of an African American Civil War Cemetery. She will focus on identifying the individuals at the cemetery and the research plan for finding their descendants. In addition, she will construct a profile of the descendant through the research process. The lecture will cover step-by-step research from 1865 to the 21st century. Open to the public. Register in advance. For details see

The Families’ Civil War: Black Soldiers and the Fight for Racial Justice with Holly A. Pinheiro Jr., Ph.D.

Amanda Meeks

Join Professor Holly A. Pinheiro Jr. for his latest book The Families’ Civil War: Black Soldiers and the Fight for Racial Justice. This engaging narrative highlights the experiences of how northern free Black families fared in their daily lives when their loved ones answered the call of duty. For African American families who were already battling discrimination in their communities, the war brought new struggles impacting households, living conditions, and finances. Pinheiro shows how military experiences were not uniform, and how race and class differed among an estimated 79,000 Black men who served in northern USCT regiments. A book signing will follow the lecture. Holly A. Pinheiro Jr. is an assistant professor of African American history …