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African American Presence in the Ohio River Valley workshop set for Jan. 28

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 27, 2006) -- The Department of African American Studies and the Department of Social Work is hosting the second of three oral history workshops on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Grover Center, room E205. The free workshop will take place from10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the public is welcome.

The workshop is designed for Ohio University faculty, students and members of the community to participate in the university's oral history research project on African American people in the Ohio River Valley. The workshop also will cover strategies for community mobilization and the oral history interview process.

The Department of African American Studies recently received a federal grant through the Wayne National Forest to study the Underground Railroad and the history of African-American communities in southeastern Ohio.

The USDA Forest Service's Civil Rights Office has awarded the university $8,000 to support the work of undergraduate and graduate students, who will collect and organize historical data on the region's Underground Railroad sites and make the material available to the general public.

The university's collaboration with the Wayne National Forest and the Multicultural Genealogical Center in Chesterhill, Ohio, is expected to produce exhibitions, Web sites, conference papers and other information about the region's African-American heritage.

For more information, contact the Department of African American Studies at (740) 593-4546.

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