Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Announces National Conference for 2013

NASHVILLE – The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that its 34th annual conference is to be held in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 10-13, 2013.

With the theme “150 Sounds of Freedom,” this year’s conference explores all aspects of freedom, including, but not limited to, such topics as literacy, death, the Emancipation Proclamation, religion, art, sports and music.

The annual AAHGS Conference is the premier opportunity to explore standard and innovative methods, resources, and findings related to the expansive history of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Scholars and others are encouraged to submit proposals in accordance with the 2013 conference Call for Papers, also available at

This year for the first time in AAHGS history, college students and journalists are especially encouraged to participate.

“It is too thrilling for the people who write the first drafts of history to have prominent roles in this historical examination of black freedom,” said Pamela E. Foster, co-founder and secretary of the AAHGS Nashville chapter and a key organizer of the 2013 conference.

“We also for the first time are encouraging college students to embrace family history and be a part of the conference that celebrates the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.”

AAHGS Nashville is hosting a meeting for members and others who want to be involved with the conference at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Nashville Room of the Main branch downtown of the Nashville Public Library. All who are interested in the history of the African Diaspora are invited to attend.

Founded in 1977, AAHGS is a 501 c(3) not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D. C. Via its 30 chapters nationwide, AAHGS promotes scholarly research, provides resources for historical and genealogical studies, assists members in documenting their histories, and creates a network of people with similar interests.

AAHGS Nashville was chartered in 2005 by founding members Dr. Carol Creswell-Betsch, Margarette Robinson Foster Chesser, Dolores Porter Foster, Pamela E. Foster, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Jewel Ann Dillihunt McCallister, Michelangelo McCallister, Sr., Gloria Haugabook McKissack, Lena Brown Prince, Jessie Carney Smith, and H. Henryne D. White.

For more information, please contact AAHGS Nashville chapter president Chajuan Fitzgerald at 1-866-202-6423 or