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Introducing the 10 Million Names Project

August 24, 2023 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Presented by Dr. Kendra Taira Field, Lindsay Fulton, and Kerri Greenidge
Moderated by Ryan J. Woods

There are at least 44 million descendants of enslaved individuals alive today, but slavery separated families, erased names, and obscured facts. The 10 Million Names Project, recently launched by American Ancestors and its partners, aims to connect the family stories of these descendants to the 10 million men, women, and children of African descent who were enslaved in the U.S. prior to emancipation and to restore their names to history. Join Chief Historian Dr. Kendra Field and Vice President of Research and Library Services Lindsay Fulton as they share the scope of this project, the objectives, and our methodology.


Kendra Taira Field


Dr. Kendra Taira Field is the Chief Historian of 10 Million Names. She is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, and the author of Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War (Yale, 2018). Learn More


Lindsay Fulton


Lindsay Fulton leads the Research and Library Services team as Vice President, as well as the research team working on 10 Million Names. She is a nationally recognized professional genealogist and lecturer who joined American Ancestors/NEHGS in 2012. Learn More


Kerri Greenidge


Kerri Greenidge is Mellon Associate Professor in the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University. She teaches courses on Black and Native New England, Black Boston, and the history of Slavery, Reconstruction, and their aftermaths in the United States. At Tufts University, she co-directs the African American Trail Project with Dr. Kendra Field. Learn More


Ryan Woods


Moderator Ryan J. Woods is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of American Ancestors. Since 2006, he has been creating award-winning experiences to explore family history, heritage, and culture. Learn More