In the early twentieth-century, Rachel Flowers was a Black socialite in the Harrisburg and Philadelphia region. Her parties attracted members of the Black middle class and due to her educational activism, also educators from New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and even Bermuda. When her events were hosted in Harrisburg, news articles referred to her country […]Read More “Greenview Dwelling”: Discovering the Flowers Family’s Home
Last December, I remember scrambling around to read those final books class, write those last papers, work those last few weeks, and finish those last minute applications to doctorate programs. You are in that place of trying to finish one dream while working to start another and it is stressful. This is a late post, […]Read More I Got Ya!: Last Minute Grad School Application Tips
Schomburg Center, summer 2017 (I am excited to visit the newly remodeled Schomburg Center next month) For those who are new to my blog, I am working toward my PhD in History with a focus on African American history. The department requires each of us to submit a first year paper, or our “rite of […]Read More We Don’t Want No Problems: Tips for the Archives
I successfully defended my thesis and graduated. I am excited about this next chapter in my life and a bit nervous (a good nervous). For those who do not follow me on social media, I will share my PhD reveal photo shoot. So where I am going, take a look and see. First, I graduated […]Read More Change.
Photo Source I am writing my thesis, the long awaited thesis. I entitled the project “Our Children’s Children Live Forever”: The Educational Activism of the Sawyer-Flowers Family in America From 1866-1988. It is exciting, but it is a bit scary. Scary because I am writing the history of a family I have never met. Scary because it […]Read More Thesis Writing
With three semesters of graduate school under my belt, I finished with a 4.0 GPA (look at God!). Honestly, this past school year was full of many challenges whether it was lack of motivation, regret, family, or extreme exhaustion. Nonetheless, I made it and I also passed my thesis proposal defense. I neglected this blog […]Read More May 2016
Watching the SuperBowl Game and cheering for the Panthers at the StreetBird (NYC) Still recovering from the loss. Last time I posted a blog was a little more than a month ago and how I miss having the time to do research. With work, school, conference prep, and a thesis proposal, I have had my […]Read More Guess Who’s Back?
What do we know about Harry? Well, he was born on February 23, 1845,at times I list his birth year as 1846 because of his Civil War enlistment record, but I need to start using the date from his death certificate completed by his daughter, Rachel, in 1928. For all other information, I use the 1880 United States Federal […]Read More Slave Schedules, Take Three: Harry Flowers
I have been researching Mrs. Rachel since 2012. For the past two years, I have discovered and learned an endless amount of information about this beautiful courageous woman and her family. Despite this journey with the Flowers, there obviously remains missing pieces in their story, particularly Rachel’s story. It never ceases to amaze me of […]Read More The Journey in Finding Mrs. Rachel Ellerbee
Reverend Krirkorian was named after great man of faith. Born in Hassanbeyly, Turkey (Armenia) in April 1888, a young Meshach was raised 100 miles east of the Apostle Paul’s birthplace of Tarsus with his six brothers and sisters. His father was a farmer and realized his on had an deep passion and ambition to learn. […]Read More The Conquered Conflicts of His Life: Reverend Meshach Paul Krikorian