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Signe Peterson Fourmy, JD, PhD, Villanova University, on “Digital Mapping & Last Seen Ads”
Please join us virtually on Wednesday Nov. 17, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. as Signe Peterson Fourmy, JD, PhD, PhD, Director of Research and Analysis of the "Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery" digital humanities project will be discussing mapping the ads of formerly enslaved people after emancipation.

Formerly enslaved people placed thousands of "Last Seen" ads in newspapers after emancipation searching for family and friends. By mapping these ads, the "Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery" project makes visible the forced dislocations that not only reflect the personal loss and trauma of slavery but also the geographic impact of the Domestic Slave Trade and post-emancipation migration. This interactive GIS mapping feature of the project allows users to visualize how this displacement affected individuals, when they and their loved ones were sold, and to explore the origins of those who formed post-war Black communities.

Biography:
Signe Peterson Fourmy earned her JD from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001 and her PhD in History at the University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Currently, she serves as the Director of Research and Analysis at Villanova University for the digital humanities project, "Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery." She is also a lecturer in the Department of History at UT Austin.

Nov 17, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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