In Camden for a research trip of several days, Dr. Janette Greenwood will be the main speaker for the Historical Society’s program, “Migration and Home Ties,” Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the Historic Robert Mills Courthouse, Camden, open to the public.
A history professor for 17 years at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, she hopes to learn and share information about historical and genealogical connections between that community and Camden. She has already located some Camden kin of families who migrated to Worcester and looks forward to meeting more. She is interested “in hearing what people know.”
At the Society program, Dr. Greenwood will share and discuss images from a recent exhibition she helped curate at the Worcester Art Museum—“Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard, 1897-1917.”
Joining Dr. Greenwood at the podium during part of the program will be her collaborator on the study of the photographs. Owner of the images, he is Frank Morrill, a retired teacher and history buff, who used other Bullard shots of town buildings and scenes to publish a photographic history of Worcester.
One more resource Dr. Greenwood says she will make available in Camden is “a collection of newspaper clippings from the local (Worcester) newspaper, from the 1930s through the 1970s, given to me recently by a member of an old Worcester family.” She says, “They are mostly obituaries of African Americans—and it is amazing how many people were born in Camden.”
Surnames familiar in the local area that Dr. Greenwood mentioned in the Worcester photographs or obituaries include Perkins, Benson, Carlos, Shropshire, Truesdale/Truesdell, English, Bell, Boykin, Rainey, Carlos, Brevard, Kennedy, Rhodes, Adamson, Brisbane, Fisher, Taylor, Jones, Spring, Hayes, and others.