American Society of Freedmen Descendants

During the USCTI Cato Freedom Project Conference and Think Tank of April 30-May 2, 2010, participants formed the American Freedmen Descendants Commission.

Charged with exploring means of racial understanding through heritage appreciation, the Commission critiqued a proposal for the establishment of the American Society of Freedmen’s Descendants, a group dedicated to respecting the societal contributions of enslaved Americans.

The first USCTI & American Society of Freedmen Descendants Mini-Conference took place November 4-5, 2011 at Hartwick College. The Northeast Regional Coordinator of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Sheri Jackson took part in opening-day events.

2015 USCT Institute & American Society of Freedmen Descendants Mini-Conference

  Friday, October 23, 2015
4 – 4:45 p.m. Registration and Exhibit
Featuring USCT and Underground Railroad items, Harriet Tubman Mentoring Project photos, and Tribute Booklets in Family and Genealogical Research.
U.S. Pluralism Center
5 – 7 p.m. Opening Dinner and Recognitions of USCTI Members, USCTI Alumni Advisory Council and Special Guests
Chesebro Room, Dewar Union 
   Saturday, October 24, 2015
9 a.m. – Noon Presentations about Family Genealogical Research, American Society of Freedmen Descendants, and Gold Medal Stories
Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall
  Presentation 1: How the ASFD Awards Affected Our Families: Keisha Clarke ’02
and Roxanne J. Suarez ’03, DVM
  Presentation 2: An Alumna’s Journey: The Value of Historical and Family Research: Melissa Swaby ’16, Esq. 
  Presentation 3: The USCTI Members and Harriet Tubman Mentors Share Important Points for Conducting Research
  Presentation 4: Tribute Private Samuel Jones: Scarlett Estevez ’18 and
Harry Bradshaw Matthews
  Presentation 5: Discovering My Upstate New York Roots: Rachel Casler ’17 
  Presentation 6: The Roots of My Artist Journey: Valerie Diaz ’18
  Presentation 7: In Search of My Bi-Racial Roots: Imani Anderson ’17
  Presentation 8: My Haiti is Calling Me: Dannie Toussaint
  Presentation 9: Introducing ASFD Gold Medal Families: Harry Bradshaw Matthews
12:15 – 2:00 p.m.  Lunch, Libation to the Ancestors and Discussion with USCTI Alumni Advisory Council: Melissa E. Swaby ’06, Roxanne J. Suarez ’03, Darrell Howard ’10,
Keisha M. Clarke ’02, Sonya Williams Howard ’08, Justin Medina ’09,
Shamar Yee ’08, Sean Dodley ’11, Desiree de Freitas ’05.
2 – 4 p.m. Family Research
U.S. Pluralism Center
5 – 7 p.m.

Awards Dinner

  • John Taylor of Kentucky, honoring Private Charles Biggers of the Civil War

  • Darrell Howard of South Carolina and New York, honoring Private Jessie Blocker of WWI

  • Windy Mitchell of South Carolina and Pennsylvania, honoring Sergeant Lucius Mitchell of WWII

  • Angela Brizant Layne of Barbados, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois, honoring Private Alfred Brizant of WWII

  • Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass of Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio and Virginia, honoring Private John Joseph Jenkins of WWII

  • Maria Carter of Louisiana, New York and Virginia, honoring Corporal Eugene Carter of the Korean War


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