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News Brief: Clemson History Project, “Call My Name,” Launched

Seeking to tell the stories of African Americans in early Clemson history, Associate Professor Rhondda R. Thomas has launched the site and social media campaigns for her project, “Call My Name.”

Aided by two research assistants, Thomas has delved into Clemson’s historical archive in order to research and document the histories of “six generations of African Americans at the university,” according to the “Call My Name” (CMN) launch site. These generations begin with the at least 129 enslaved African Americans who labored on the Fort Hill Plantations, and end with the students and faculty involved in the integration of Clemson University.

Each generation focuses on “increas[ing] our understanding of the complex dynamics of race relations and labor in South Carolina,” according to the website.

The project will be shared via social media in the form of video, audio recordings and podcasts over the next several weeks.

A Creative Inquiry of 13 undergraduate students will also release their research for the Clemson University Story Project in a website coming soon.

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