Check out: Carla Peterson on What the Women Were Doing

Workshop leader Carla Peterson, author of Black Gotham, has a terrific piece up on the New York Times Opinionator Blog: “What the Women Were Doing,” about activist African-American women during the Civil War.

She opens with her ancestor Maritcha Lyons’s recollection in her memoir of James McCune Smith’s “rallying centre” – those of us who attended Peterson’s lecture and “Black Gotham in/outside the Archive” at the end of March are lucky enough to remember her stories about both Lyons (pictured here in an image from the Photographs and Prints Division at the Schomburg) and Smith. Lyons’s memoir is one of Peteron’s most exciting archival finds detailed in Black Gotham.

Check out this fascinating read!


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