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Lemon Project symposium set for March 19

The Lemon Project at the College of William and Mary will host its 2011 spring symposium on March 19 at The Bruton Heights School in Williamsburg, Va.

The event, titled “From Slavery Toward Reconciliation: African Americans & The College,” will include a historical look at the College’s relationship with the local African-American community and discussions about the road ahead. The symposium is free and open to the public. However, attendees are asked to register online.

The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with a continental breakfast and welcoming remarks by William & Mary President Taylor Reveley followed by remarks by Lemon Project Coordinator and adjunct assistant professor of history Jody Allen on the purpose of the event and project. The rest of the day will include panel discussions.

At 9:15 a.m., a panel will discuss “The Historical View: How did we get to this point?” The panelists include Williamsburg community member Edith Hurd, William & Mary student Andrew Ojeda and Amy Schindler, university archivist and acting Marian and Alan McLeod Director of the Special Collections Research Center. The discussion will be moderated by Kim Phillips, Lemon initiatives co-chair and Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Associate Professor of History and American Studies.

From 10:20 to 11:20, two student panels will be held.

At 11:40 a.m., Bea Hardy, interim dean of Swem Library will talk about the Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) Project.

Following lunch, at 1:30 p.m., a screening of the documentary “Their Eyes Were Watching Jim Crow,” by Arianne Daniels will be held followed by a panel discussion titled, “Moving Forward: Where do we go from here?” The discussion will be moderated by Robert Engs, emeritus professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and visiting distinguished professor of history at William & Mary. The panelists include William & Mary student Arianne Daniels, Williamsburg community member Barbara Watson and Robert Vinson, Lemon initiatives co-chair and associate professor of history at William & Mary.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to registered attendees. For a complete schedule of events, visit the website.

William & Mary launched the Lemon Project in 2009. The long-term research project aims to explore the College’s history with slavery and race relations following the Civil War. The project is named after a slave whom the College owned in the 18th century.