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Karla Slocum


National Endowment for the Humanities Resident Scholar

Affiliation at time of award:
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Memory & Mobility: Place, Race, and Remembrance in 21st Century Black Town America

This project focuses on the processes of identity formation among American historic towns known as “All Black Towns.” The project’s purpose is to demonstrate the myriad ways that twenty-first century discourses on race, history and community, together with early twentieth century discourses that were significant to the towns’ identities at their inception, are narrated, mobilized, and negotiated to define the towns today. With a goal of publishing a monograph about contemporary black town identity, the project aims to inform our understanding of the features and discourses sustaining US settlements that are predominantly African American.

Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz.


Interviewed by Flannery Davis with videography and video editing by Jason S. Ordaz.