CANCELLED - Dr. Jody Allen to speak on William and Mary’s "Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation"

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The talk by Jody Allen has been cancelled. The University hopes to reschedule it for a future date.

Sewanee is pleased to welcome Jody Allen, Lemon Project co-chair and managing director at the College of William and Mary, to speak on her institution's multifaceted and dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by the College through action or inaction. She will speak on "The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation" at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in Gailor Auditorium.

In 2009, after student and faculty resolutions calling for a full investigation of the College’s past, the William and Mary Board of Visitors acknowledged that the College had “owned and exploited slave labor from its founding to the Civil War; and that it had failed to take a stand against segregation during the Jim Crow Era.” As a result, the Board offered its support for the establishment of The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation. The Project is named for Lemon, a man who was once enslaved by the College of William & Mary. The full dimensions of Lemon’s life and his relationship with the College are unknown. In many ways, Lemon stands in the place of the known and unknown African Americans who helped to build, maintain, and move the College forward.

Jody L. Allen, a native of Hampton, Virginia, earned a doctorate in U.S. history at William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia) in 2007. African American history is her area of specialization, including Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era, school desegregation, and women & gender. Her dissertation considers the consequences of and responses to the 1902 Virginia constitution revisions that disfranchised most African Americans and some whites. She is also working with a colleague to produce The Green Light, a documentary film on the school desegregation case, Charles C. Green v. the School Board of New Kent County, Virginia. This little-known 1968 Supreme Court decision led to the integration of public schools throughout the South. She co-authored "Recovering a 'Lost' Story Using Oral History: The United States Supreme Court's Historic Green v. New Kent County, Virginia, Decision," which appeared in The Oral History Review. Currently, Allen is a visiting assistant professor at William and Mary and the co-chair and managing director of The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation. Through her work on The Lemon Project, she is exploring the history of William and Mary’s role as slaveholder and proponent of Jim Crow. 

Allen’s talk is sponsored by Universities Studying Slavery at Sewanee, the University Lectures Committee, the Departments of History and Politics, the American Studies and Pre-law Programs, and the Office of Civic Engagement.

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Gailor Auditorium