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History and Reading Lists
The Lemon Project, which was founded in 2009 as a "multifaceted and dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by William & Mary through action or inactions." The Lemon Project encourages scholarship on the relationship between African Americans and William & Mary, hosts conferences and events on campus, and has led efforts to establish a memorial to those enslaved by William & Mary, among other initiatives.
"The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation Report for the First Eight Years" (February 2019)
"African Americans and William & Mary: A Historical Timeline"
A digital exhibition, "'The Inevitable Present:' Integration at William & Mary"
Other resources on the history of African Americans and William & Mary
A list of statues on the William & Mary campus, including many depicting slave owning and racist individuals.
Institute for Historical Biology, founded by Dr. Michael Blakey, provides space for students to explore new ways human biology and culture can be examined locally, nationally, and globally. Located within the Department of Anthropology, the Institute gives students and researchers the tools to understand biological variation, consider cultural assumptions, and most importantly, scrutinize scientific racism, sexism, classism, and other social constructions that promote inequality. Resources for teaching and researching these topics can be found on the website, as well as a portal to IHB's "Remembering Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom" (The Remembering Project).
The Brafferton Building, which still stands as part of William & Mary's "historic campus" was constructed to serve as William & Mary's Indian School.
Black History Month Library, a Google Drive full of free history readings
The #Charlestonsyllabus was created in 2015 in response to the attack on Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. It is a list of essential reading to contextualize not only the events in Charleston in 2015, but also the larger history of race relations in the United States.
Anti-racist readings, with links to readings in Swem's collections