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Defending the Byram African-American Cemetery

Date: Sat, 03/18/2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Main Library - YA Room
Categories: Adult Events

As someone with Afro-Dutch and Malagasy colonial roots going back to New Amsterdam, Teresa Vega will discuss the historical importance of saving African-American burial grounds and her family’s current battle to save the Byram African-American Cemetery in Greenwich, CT.
About Teresa Vega
In 1991, during Teresa Vega’s first year at CUNY Graduate and University Center, she was among many anthropology graduate students who took part in standing up for the historical designation of the recently discovered African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. Vega has discovered that her maternal African-American Green-Merritt ancestors were from Greenwich, CT and have an over 250+ year presence in the town. Her family is of Native American and European ancestry, and descends from both slave owners and slaves who can be traced back to the mid-1700s. Vega will discuss their journey to freedom as well as that of their descendants in her talk.


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