Video – Landmark Lecture: Identity, Trauma & Reconciliation: A Conversation with Descendants


Descendants sitting in a semi-circle with Fred Murphy, facilitator, sitting in middle at gallery space at Georgetown University.

From left to right the guests included: Vincent Carter, Ann Chinn, Stephen Hammond, Frederick Murphy (facilitator),  Jerolyn Cole and Karl Haynes. Photo credit: Francesca Donovan.

Documentary filmmaker, Frederick Murphy, hosted a  conversation with descendants of enslaved individuals associated with Tudor Place and other historic sites with a history of enslavement on October 10, 2023. The event considered the vitality of descendant communities, intergenerational identity, historical trauma and reconciliation. His first film, the award-winning The American South as We Know It, explored the lives of survivors of Jim Crow and those didn’t make the headlines. Mr. Murphy is the founder of History Before Us, and a graduate of Tennessee State University & Bethune-Cookman University with a masters degree in Transformative Leadership.

This event was presented with Georgetown’s Art and Museum Studies Masters Program and held onsite at the Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery at Georgetown University. All lectures are free and open to the public. Support for the Tudor Place 2023 Landmark Lecture Series is made possible through an Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) Inspire! Grant for Small Museums. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this series do not necessarily represent those of the IMLS.

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Slave descendants discuss connections to D.C., Virginia estates during landmark lecture on Georgetown campus

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By Mennatalla Ibrahim
Special to the AFRO | October 24, 2023


Group of descendants sitting in semi circle with Fred Murphy, facilitator in center

Photo courtesy: Francesca Donovan

There’s great comfort and privilege in tracing one’s features or mannerisms through a family line. However, for many African Americans across the country, this task is often marked with a unique pain and difficulty due to the absence or distortion of records left behind during slavery.

The annual Tudor Place Landmark Lecture Series makes space for the descendants of enslaved people to share their journeys in piecing together their ancestors’ stories.

“Tudor Place is keeping enslaved people’s stories alive,” said Jerolyn Cole, a descendent of John Luckett, who served as a gardener at Tudor Place for 44 years.

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Descendants of Enslaved Individuals Discuss Trauma, Healing

Descendants of enslaved individuals discussed the generational historical trauma and emotional responses that came with discovering the stories of their ancestors.

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Press Release: Tudor Place Introduces Conversations with Descendants

Press Release 

October 3, 2023

Washington, DC — Tudor Place Historic House & Garden is partnering with Georgetown University’s Art & Museum Studies Masters Program to present Identity, Trauma & Reconciliation: A Conversation with Descendants, part of Tudor Place’s Landmark Lecture series.

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