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Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon

Event Details

Date: February 14, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm
–3:00 pm

The Greenwich Historical Society, in partnership with the Byram Shubert Public Library and Greenwich Academy, invites you to our local transcribe-a-thon as part of a nation-wide celebration of Douglass Day, marking the birth of Frederick Douglass. The day will include activities such as transcribing documents and various speakers on Frederick Douglass and Mary Ann Shadd Cary. For those unable to attend, the event will be live streamed and you can enjoy the curated Spotify playlist!

Douglass Day is an annual program organized by The Center for Black Digital Research and Zooniverse in which thousands of people gather to help create new and freely available resources for learning about Black history. A different collection of Black history is featured each year, and the Douglass Day transcribe-a-thon helps create new digital resources for African American history. All materials created are made free and open to all.

Douglass Day 2023 will be dedicated to transcribing and enriching the papers of Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893), one of the earliest Black women to edit a newspaper, serve as a Civil War recruiter, attend law school, and much more. Douglass Day organizers are partnering with the Archives of Ontario, Libraries and Archives Canada and many others to present newly digitized collections from Shadd Cary’s long, remarkable life.

Douglass Day is made possible by a large number of partners and supporters. They include: The Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State, the Colored Conventions Project, the Anna Julia Cooper Digital Project, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, the Princeton University Center for Digital Humanities, the PSU Libraries, the PSU Center for Humanities and Information, and the PSU College of Liberal Arts, the American Studies Association for a Community Partnership Grant, Zooniverse, and By The People at the Library of Congress.

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