W. W. Law Lecture to explore African Americans in the Confederacy

Earl Ijames
Earl Ijames

In keeping with the 21st Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival theme, Our Journey from a Glorious Past, the 2010 W.W. Law Lecture will explore the role of African Americans in the Confederacy.

Earl Ijames, curator of African American and Community History for the North Carolina Museum of Art, will present “In Search of the Colored Confederate Soldiers” on Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. The lecture is presented in partnership with The Telfair Museum of Art.

Prior to his current position with the North Carolina Museum of Art, Ijames was an archivist for the North Carolina Office of Archives in the reference and photography departments and a legal researcher to the North Carolina Supreme Court, Department of History. He has earned film and television credits for his role as John Day in the film Exploring the World of Thomas Day and Looking for Lincoln, a documentary that aired on PBS in 2009.

Ijames has been a panelist and host for the 2009 African American Genealogy and History Forum, National Genealogical Society Conference and 2009 Veterans Day Program for the North Carolina Museum of History. He has interviewed some of the oldest veterans in North Carolina and possibly the nation: Pvt. Robert Hodge, WWI (1888- 2004); Pvt. Connie Pearce, WWI/WWII (1897-2000); and Mattie Clyburn Rice, the daughter of Weary Clyburn, an African-American Confederate soldier. Ijames received his degree in history with minors in English and African- American studies from North Carolina State University.

The annual W.W. Law Lecture is part of the festival’s ongoing commitment to honor Law’s legacy as a civil rights activist and his diligent dedication to improving and preserving the Savannah community and its history. Law passed away on July 29, 2002.

The 2010 festival is presented by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah. All festival events are free and open to the public.

For more info, visit www.savannahblackheritagefestival. com

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