About Us

Project Directors

Beverly Greene Bond is Associate Professor of History at the University of Memphis. Past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians, Professor Bond specializes in nineteenth-century African American history with a focus on African American women and their experiences.

Susan Eva O'Donovan is Associate Professor of History at the University of Memphis. A former editor at the Freedmen & Southern Society Project and author of Becoming Free in the Cotton South, Professor O'Donovan specializes in African American history with a focus on the transition from slavery to freedom in the Civil War era.


Communication Director

Andre E. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Communications at the University of Memphis. He specializes in African American rhetoric and religion and is the founder and managing editor of the popular Rhetoric Race and Religion blog.


Collaborative Partners

Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
Humanities Tennessee
National Parks Service
Department of History
, University of Memphis
Department of Communication, University of Memphis
College of Arts and Sciences, University of Memphis
African and African American Studies, University of Memphis
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis
Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, University of Memphis
University Libraries, University of Memphis
Office of Multicultural Affairs, University of Memphis
Department of History, Rhodes College
Africana Studies, Rhodes College
Communities in Conversation, Rhodes College
Center for African & African American Studies, LeMoyne-Owen College
Honors Academy, Southwest Tennessee Community College
Orange Mound Cultural Center
NAACP Memphis Branch
West Tennessee Historical Society
Memphis Public Library
Pink Palace Family of Museums, Memphis
Memphis Chapter, Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Teaching with Primary Sources, Middle Tennessee State University
Second Congregational Church, Memphis
Ronald and Marianne Walter
Dr. Charles Crawford