Joel R. Johnson to speak to ‘Discovering Riggs’ lineage at Telfair Museum/Willow Hill Heritage Event

I’m delighted and honored to announce that I’ve been invited to speak at the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center (WHHRC) on September 3rd, in Portal, GA, northwest of Savannah.

“Archival Silence: Closing Gaps in African American History in Bulloch County, GA” is day-long event, led by Dr. Alvin Jackson, historian, Board President and co-founder of WHHRC, in association with the Telfair Museum in Savannah.

Telfair Museums explore Savannah’s place in “our collective American past through art, history, and architecture,” including the historiography of the Owens-Thomas House, and the enslaved in Savannah, among other sites.

My own history is deeply intertwined with the WHHRC, as I’ve discovered in the last several years. The founders of Willow Hill include my 3rd great-grandparents Daniel Riggs and Audelia Parrish-Riggs, and 3rd great uncle Isaac Riggs, and aunt Harriet Lanier-Riggs. I will present on my journey to “close the archival gap” and discoveries that led me to discover my Riggs Parrish heritage, through archival research, oral history study, and DNA research.

Students of SE Georgia genealogy and history, won’t want to miss this event! It is free and open to the public.

Lear more and register.

Explore my Riggs journey:

 The Riggs Family (part 1): New Kin

The Riggs Family (part 2): Harriet Riggs the Matriarch 

The Riggs Family (part 3): Finding Fathers

The Riggs Family: Forced Labor During the Civil War

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