UGA takes lead on celebrations of Black History Month events in Athens


HILARY BUTSCHEK for Online Athens

……Another guest on campus for the month-long series of events is photographer Billy Weeks. Weeks, who won the Gordon Parks International Photography award twice, will talk about his idol Parks.

Photos taken by Parks are on display in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library Gallery. The exhibit focuses on his photo essay for Life magazine in 1956 that illustrates segregation in the South. Weeks speaks at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Also at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, to begin the month of events, the film “Hate: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Racism” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion about the film’s theme of hatred toward ethnic groups…

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UGA takes lead on celebrations of Black History Month in Athens



Free database access during Black History Month and American Ancestors are opening their African American databases for free access during the month of February 2016.  At some of the databases include other than African American records. For example, the Southern Claims Commission Records and the WWI “Old Man’s Draft” Registration records are complete collections. free databases include records documenting slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the World Wars and the Civil Rights Movement.

For example:

  • Court Slave Records for Washington, DC
  • South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732–1872
  • US Colored Troops Civil War service records
  • Southern Claims Commission records
  • The Atlanta Constitution newspaper
  • WWII “Old Man’s Draft” Registration Cards

Click here for the Black History Collection home page to see samples of the records and links leading to more information about each collection. You will need to obtain a free registration to search the databases.


As part of their Black History Month promotion, guest users of will have free access to the following databases:

To help your research efforts, American Ancestors has created a guide to two of these databases, both focused on African American families in Massachusetts: Hampden County, MA: Black Families in Hampden County, 1650-1865 and People of Color in the Massachusetts State Census, 1855-1865.

These resources provide users with the ability to trace families throughout this period of history. American Ancestors will walk you through a case study of using both of these databases, and we’ll talk about other database collections available to research African American families. Search Spotlight: African American Records


Repositories: Washington Memorial Library, Macon

Washington Memorial Library

The Washington Memorial Library’s Genealogical and Historical Room has one of the most outstanding reference collections of its type in the South.

The Library was founded in 1923 by the Mary Hammond Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who realized the need for the library to provide source material and assistance for people tracing their lineage and searching for facts about their ancestors.  They also believed that certain old and irreplaceable records of local and regional history should be preserved for the future and made available for researchers.

Starting with a small collection, the Genealogical and Heritage Room collection has grown to include more than 32,000 volumes and over 24,000 microfilms. It is considered outstanding by genealogists and historians from all over the United States.
More that 13,000 people visit the Genealogical & Historical Room each year. Last year, researchers came from 38 states and 5 foreign countries. The library holds classes  and The Central Georgia Genealogical Society hold instructional seminars there.
The Genealogical and Historical Collection provides a broad representation of research material, but its most distinctive feature is its collection of records on the 13 colonies. This collection on the original states is recognized as one of the finest in genealogical libraries. Considerable space is devoted to pre-colonial history as well as to colonial history and the Revolutionary War. This includes source material from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
The staff from the Genealogical & History Room are willing to answer question sent by email and letter. Visit Washington Memorial Library
for guidelines and information about submitting your question.
When planning a research trip read all information HERE
Washington Memorial Library
1180 Washington Avenue, Macon, GA.  31201
Current hours:
Mondays  9am- 9pm
Tuesday-Saturday 9am-6:00pm