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Marie Tyler-McGraw

Marie Tyler-McGraw is a public historian and writer in Washington, D.C. who has worked as a historian at the Valentine Museum (Richmond History Center), Richmond, Virginia; the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C.; and the Office of Chief Historian, National Park Service, Washington, D.C. She has served as consultant for dozens of public history projects in museums, at historic sites, and in educational institutions across the United States and has lectured widely in the United States, as well as in England, France, Italy, and Spain. A Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University, she is the author of three books of Virginia history, the most recent of which is An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.) The other studies are At the Falls: A History of Richmond, Virginia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994) and, with Gregg Kimball,In Bondage and Freedom: Antebellum Black Life in Richmond, Virginia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press for the Valentine Museum, 2007). Her most recent publication, An African Republic, is joined with the website project sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and produced by the Virginia Center for Digital History.

Deborah Lee

Deborah A. Lee is an independent scholar and public historian with an MA in history and a PhD in cultural studies from George Mason University. Her books include Honoring Their Paths: African American Contributions Along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (2009); Purcellville, Virginia, 1908-2008: A Centennial Anthology (2008). She developed the database and some supporting materials for the Virginia Emigrants to Liberia website. With the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg and the Loudoun Museum she directed an oral history project, curated exhibitions, produced a documentary film and tour map and guide publications. She writes and lectures on various aspects of Virginia history. Dr. Lee is the recipient of many fellowships and grants, including 2005 and 2010 residential fellowships at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She is currently writing a manuscript on antislavery in the middle Potomac River region.

Scot French

Scot French is an associate professor of history at the University of Virginia and director of the Virginia Center for Digital History. He is the author of The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory (Houghton Mifflin, 2003).