By Artifactual Journey
Artifactual JourneyJun 21, 2023
Episode 53: Reclaiming the Black Past with Todd Johnson
Listen to this exciting episode where Philip talks with Todd Johnson, executive director of the Johnston County Heritage Center in Smithfield, North Carolina, as they discuss the upcoming September 30th event, Reclaiming the Black Past: An Artifactual Journey.
Episode 52: Kin with Carole and Jeffery Boston Weatherford
Episode 51: Finding Your Purpose with Cornelius Dunlap
Episode 50: Truth, Memory and Reconciliation
After years of advocacy and dedication, Juneteenth is now recognized as a federal holiday. Listen as Philip talks with Nathan Johnson, National Park Service Ranger at Rose Hill Plantation in Union, South Carolina, and Timika M. Wilson, co-founder of the Union County Community Remembrance Project (UCCRP), which seeks to shed light on the racial violence that took place in Union County, South Carolina during enslavement and in the Reconstruction era. They discuss the upcoming UCCRP Juneteenth celebration on June 17 and the reckoning with the impact of America's painful past.
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Episode 49: Henry Ossawa Tanner House
Listen as Philip interviews Lawana Holland-Moore, the Director of Fellowships and Interpretive Strategies for the NTHP's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, where they discuss the need for more Black involvement in historic preservation and the dire need to save the places that tell our stories.
To learn more about the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places and how you can get involved: savingplaces.org/stories/11-most-endangered-historic-places-2023
Episode 48: Happy Birthday Malcolm X: Reflections From A Child's Experience
During his lifetime and even decades after his assassination, Malcolm X is an iconic figure. His role within the Nation of Islam and dedication to civil rights often made him a target of the media and the FBI. Although he was often depicted as a serious man, Malcolm X respected and cared deeply for all those who crossed his path, including a young boy named Dave Johnson.
In this episode, Dave discusses his interaction with Malcolm and his memories of the day he learned of his assassination.
Episode 47: Columbia Race Riot, Tennessee 1946
In February 1946, the white citizens attacked the Black community of Columbia, Tennessee after an altercation between a Black World War II veteran and a white shop keeper.
Columbia Race Riot: https://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entries/columbia-race-riot-1946/
Episode 46: Emma Azalia Hackley
Emma Azalia Smith Hackley was a prominent African American singer, activist, newspaper publisher, educator, and member of Denver's Black elite. However, her name is not widely known and her contributions to race relations have been obscured. In Episode 46, listen as Philip and Veronica delve into Hackley's life, marriage, and lasting impact on Black musicians.
To learn more about Emma Azalia Smith Hackley: https://www.historycolorado.org/story/stuff-history/2017/03/27/azalia-smith-hackley-musical-prodigy-and-pioneering-journalist
Episode 45: The Immortal Rap Dixon
Although the Negro Leagues haven't been in existence for over 60 years, their impact on Major League Baseball is still felt. Although a number of Negro League players have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, there are many more still waiting for a place. One of those is Herbert Dixon, known to thousands of Negro League fans as Rap Dixon. Watch this exciting episode of Artifactual Journey, where historian Ted Knorr unravels the details of Dixon's life and makes the case for his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
To learn more about Rap Dixon, read this article by Ted Knorr and Chris Rainey: https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/rap-dixon/
Episode 44: Historic CIAA Football: Lincoln-Hampton Gridron Game at the NY Polo Grounds, 1929
In November 1929, a historic first occurred at the New York Polo Grounds: two Black college football teams played each other. The event drew thousands of fans and dominated Black and white news coverage. In this latest episode, Philip and Veronica discuss this historic sports events, a brief history of the CIAA (known today as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, formerly the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association), the players, coaches, and pioneering referee of the game and its larger implications for Black America.
For more information, visit the following links:
1) Coach William S. Taylor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Taylor_(American_football)
2) New York Polo Grounds: https://untappedcities.com/2021/03/31/new-yorks-baseball-team-lost-ballpark-polo-grounds/
3) Lincoln-Hampton Football Game: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3B0mAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1f0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=5000%2C4510666
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Episode 43: Great Scott! Life and Career of Hazel Scott
Episode 42: What's Race Got To Do With It?
Episode 41: 400 Years of Black Inventors with James Howard
Episode 40: The Reverse Underground Railroad
Episode 39: Historic Black Travel, Bronzeville, Chicago
Philip talks with Donald Brooks Jones and Philip Mallory Jones of Alchemy Media Publishing about their newest venture, Time Machine: Bronzeville Between the World Wars. They discuss the thriving Black community and its influence on arts, culture, music, film, photography, and much more.
To support the development of their immersive desktop app, visit Kickstarter.com, type in Time Machine, and you'll be able to donate to their effort.
Talbot County's Emancipator: Nathaniel "Uncle Nace" Hopkins
Sharing the history of one of Talbot County's heroes, Nathaniel "Uncle Nace" Hopkins, the progenitor of the Eastern Shore of Maryland's longest Emancipation Day parade.
Episode 38: What's Race Got To Do With It, 1908
Episode 37: The Life & Mysterious Disappearance of Villard Paddio
Episode 36: Dr. John F. Brown, Black Medical Pioneer
Episode 35: African American Voices with Dr. Jane Donovan
Episode 34: Afro Literacy #1: Rev. Dr. Daniel Grafton Hill, Sr.
Episode 33: My Connection to the Brown Bomber with Veronica A. Carr
Episode 32: The Kappa Alpha Psi Baltimore Chapter History and Legacy with Wesley Chandler Wood
In this episode, Philip and Wesley Chandler Wood, a 20 year member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc, an African American fraternity started in 1911, discuss the history and legacy of the fraternity's Baltimore Alumni Chapter.
For more information on the Baltimore Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, visit: https://benchmarkkappas.org/
Episode 31: Growing up in Black Baltimore with Guy Rawlings, Sr.
To read the post on oldwestbaltimore.com that initiated this conversation, visit https://www.oldwestbaltimore.com/post/2019/09/20/all-smiles-school-no-161-fannie-l-barbour-elementary-school.
Episode 30: Culturally Significant Black Businesses in Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Episode 30: Culturally Significant Black Businesses in Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Episode 29: Historic Baltimore African American Firefighters with George Collins
Episode 28: Visit Black History with Sophia V. Nelson
Episode 27: Prophet Kiowa Costonie's Daughter Was My Girlfriend: Conversation With Marc Goldin
Episode 26: Life & Legacy of Virginia Jackson Kiah with Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon
Episode 25: Chattin' with Cab Calloway's Grandson, Peter Cabell Brooks
In Episode 25, host Philip J. Merrill talks with Cab Calloway's grandson, Peter Cabell Brooks, about the pioneering career and musical legacy of this prominent musician, entertainer, and bandleader, and his extended family.
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Episode 24: The Moorish Science Temple of America
Misbehavin' Marys... They're At It Again
Episode 23: Blacks in Gold Rush California with Susan Anderson
For more information:
3) Delilah Beasley: https://library.csun.edu/SCA/Peek-in-the-Stacks/delilah-beasley
Episode 22: Reflecting Black with Martin Jackson on School #112 in Old West Baltimore
Episode 21: Black Lives Matter: 1929 Police Brutality of Two Lincoln University Students
Episode 20: Belvoir Plantation with Wanda Watts and Shelley Evans
In episode 20 of Artifactual Journey, Philip talks to Wanda Watts and Shelley Evans, two sisters who discovered ancestral connections to a plantation in Crownsville, Maryland.
For more information about the findings at Belvoir Plantation, visit:
Episode 19: Setting The Record Straight on Johns Hopkins Hospital and "Little Albert"
Episode 18: A Civil Rights Walk in Memphis with Dr. William Gregory Thompson, PhD
In Episode 18 of Artifactual Journey, Philip discusses Memphis, TN African American civil rights history with Dr. William Gregory Thompson, the deputy director of Historic Clayborn Temple . Greg also discusses the work currently underway to restore and renovate the historic Clayborn Temple and its connections to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Episode 17: Black Entrepreneurism and Financial Literacy with Omar Muhammad
In Episode 17 of Artifactual Journey, Philip interviews Omar Muhammad and his experiences with entrepreneurism, financial literacy and Morgan State University.
Hidden HERstory: Dr. Mary E. Britton
The life and amazing impact of Dr. Mary E. Britton.
Episode 16: James 67X, Chief Aide to Malcolm X
Episode 15: Seven Million Acres with Emily Artinian
Philip interviews Emily Artinian, director of the Street Road Artist Space in Cochranville, PA about her new project Seven Million Acres, Pride of Place.