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Project Participants


Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library (located within Slover Library)
Troy Valos, Special Collections Librarian and Supervising Librarian

Students sitting at a library table with laptops
Students working at library tables on laptops

The Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for the Study of the African Diaspora at Norfolk State University
Stephanie J. Richmond and Patrick U. Mbajekwe, Directors; Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Director Emeritus

ROADSTEAD Montessori High School
Eran Livni, co-head of school
Anna Mirkova, co-head of school
Steve Nelson, computer science teacher

Roadstead students

Alexander Trapps-Chabala, certified genealogist and founder of KinConnector.

Past Participants:

This project could not have been done without the untiring efforts of the following individuals and groups.  Their work is truly appreciated!

Norfolk State University:


Students of HIS 314, Spring 2024 – Dr. Richmond

Students of HIS 205, Spring 2022 – Dr. Richmond


Devon Jennings, Summer 2024

Nya Lawrence, Summer 2024

Nina Jenkins, Spring 2024

Garrison Wheatley, Spring 2024-Present

Monte White, Spring 2024-Present

Roketia Green, Fall 2023

Aysis Williams, Fall 2023-Present

Micaiah D. Stephens, Fall 2021

Camilia Bell, Spring 2022 – Fall 2023

Melissa Williams, Spring 2022-Summer 2023

Jasmine Boswell, Fall 2022-Spring 2023

Sharon Smith, Fall 2022-Spring 2023

Brenda Coston, Fall 202-Spring 2023

Old Dominion University:


Gillian Hardy, Summer 2022

Rachel O’Neal, Spring 2022

Roadstead Montessori High School (Norfolk, Virginia):

Students of 2017-2018 Academic Year

Students of 2018-2019 Academic Year

Students of 2019-2020 Academic Year

Students of 2021-2022 Academic Year

Students of 2022-2023 Academic Year