We are proud to announce that Public History MA alum, Andre Taylor ’20, has been hired as Oral Historian at The College of William and Mary. In the position, which is directly associated with Special Collections, Andre will be responsible for collecting oral histories from individuals associated with the school ranging from alumni to descendants of enslaved people and he will be collecting oral histories as a part of the Lemon Project.
The Lemon Project is named for Lemon, a man who was once enslaved by William & Mary and is an “attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by William & Mary through action or inaction. An ongoing endeavor, this program will focus on contributing to and encouraging scholarship on the 300-year relationship between African Americans and W&M, and building bridges between the university and Williamsburg and Greater Tidewater area.”
While a student at NC State, Andre was the first history student awarded the Global Change Fellowship which facilitated his oral history research on climate change in South Carolina’s Gullah Geechee community. He also held a City of Raleigh research assistantship during his second year.
We wish Andre lots of luck in his new role as Oral Historian.