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RAFFMA/Bowers/ARCE-OC present Hand Unto Ethiopia: The First African Americans to Visit Nubia with Dr. Jeremy Pope


YouTube Premiere at 1:30 pm (PST):

Zoom Q&A at 2:30 pm (PST):

A RAFFMA/Bowers/ARCE-OC collaboration: 

Presented by Dr. Jeremy Pope, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

Since at least the middle of the 18th century, people of African descent in the Americas have invoked ancient Nubia—the “Ethiopia” and “Cush” of the Bible—as exemplar of African history and signifier of a global racial identity.
Yet no published study has ever analyzed—nor even documented—the experiences of the first African Americans who actually traveled to Nubia. This silence is all the more remarkable, because such analysis has been performed for the first Europeans, white Americans, and Canadian Iroquois visitors to Nubia. Dr. Pope’s lecture will seek to fill this historiographical void by reconstructing the history of the first African American visitors to Nubia from their private correspondence, interviews with their descendants, and an unpublished essay on the African past that was penned by one of the travelers following his return to the United States.

Location: This presentation will be livestreamed on the RAFFMA YouTube channel followed by a live Q&A on Zoom. 

This is a free, non-ticketed event. 

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Event details

February 26, 2022 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


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