February 15, 2019  

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USM Host Site for Douglass Transcribe-A-Thon on Freedmen’s Bureau Papers Feb. 14

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In honor of the 200th birthday of famed abolitionist and social justice advocate Frederick Douglass, The University of Southern Mississippi will serve as one of many host sites across the country for Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon of the Smithsonian Institution's  Freedmen’s Bureau Papers Wednesday, Feb. 14. Southern Miss’s Digital Archives Research Group, Department of English, and University Libraries are joining to present the event on the Hattiesburg campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cook Library, room 110.

Along with celebrating Douglass’s birthday, the event will allow participants to work with more than 1,000 colleagues across the nation to transcribe materials from the Freedmen’s Bureau documents that detail the lives of African Americans following the abolition of slavery. The session will include a live stream celebration, instructions for transcription, and two transcription sessions.

“This is a great opportunity for member of our community to contribute to the digital archives that help preserve the history of black activism,” said Dr. Joyce Inman, USM assistant professor of English, who is assisting in coordination of the event.

Jadyn Cunningham, 14, of Hattiesburg who last year opened her own business, J-Bird’s Sweet Treats, will provide a birthday cake for the event in honor of Douglass.

For more information about the Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon, contact Dr. Inman at joyce.inman@usm.edu.