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Posted on: February 10, 2020

African American Heritage Initiative Seeks Volunteers for Community Collection Teams

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Human Relations
Feb. 10, 2020

The African American Heritage Initiative Committee is seeking city residents to serve on one or more of the nine “collection teams” it is organizing to capture the memories and recollections of African Americans who lived in Winston-Salem through the years of segregation and desegregation.

Each team will be responsible for capturing the history in a particular area: Churches and Religious Institutions, Neighborhoods, Education, Civic and Service Groups, Government, Arts and Culture, Professionals, Businesses, and Oral Histories. Each team will be led by a member of the commission, said Dothula Baron, the commission chair.

"We want to attract other community members to work with us to gather and collect our history," Baron said. "We know there are plenty of people out there who share our passion and commitment (to local history), and we can’t do it alone."

Interested citizens can sign up for a team by calling CityLink at 311 or sending an email to AAHI@cityofws.org with their contact information (name, phone and email address) and the team that they would like to serve on. 

The African American Heritage Initiative Committee will hold a community orientation for all collection team members and other interested citizens on Saturday, April 4. The orientation will explain more about the initiative and train the collection teams on how to reach out to the community and how to use the online submission portal for the digital archive that the committee is creating. 

City Council Member Annette Scippio, who initially proposed the initiative and has worked closely with the committee, said, “We want lots of community members to join this effort, collect our stories, and attend the community orientation.” 

The orientation will be held from 1:45 to 4 p.m. at St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, 5000 Noble St., Winston-Salem.

More information about the African American Heritage Initiative is posted at CityofWS.org/AAHI.