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Tracing the Lives and History of African American Families with Char McCargo Bah

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Tracing the Lives and History of African American Families with Char McCargo Bah

A presentation on tracing the lives and history of African American Families, and Ms. Bah’s most recent projects involving contrabands and cemeteries, and the lynching of two young men. This presentation will include a Q & A session.

Introduction by Commissioner Sabrina Thomas of the DC Emancipation Day Commemoration Commission.

Char McCargo Bah is a native of Alexandria, VA and has been doing genealogical research since 1981. She holds two undergraduate degrees, and certificates in Legal Research Investigation, Paralegal, and Author Coaching.

Besides contributing to several books, magazines, and newspapers, Ms. Bah authored two books including, “Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom” and “African Americans of Alexandria, VA: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.” She has a monthly column in the Alexandria Times Newspaper on African American local history called, “The Other Alexandria.” She also occasionally writes a column for the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) newsletter called “Char’s Corner.”

Ms. Bah has appeared on several television and radio programs on genealogy, including FOX-5 TV, Maryland Public Broadcasting Corporation, and the Arlington Public Broadcasting Corporation. She appeared in the History Detectives in 2007 and on the BBC’s London radio station the same year. She is currently working on two reparation projects in Virginia.

A retired senior policy writer for the federal government, Ms. Bah teaches and lectures throughout the US. She was recognized as a “Living Legend of Alexandria, VA” in 2014 for her body of work. She owns her own business called, “FindingThingsForU, LLC.”