Over the past year, a small team of scholars have worked to piece together an intriguing history of hope, migration, settlement, perseverance, and politics on the Plains. The Oklahoma Black Homesteader Project, led by Dr. Kalenda Eaton, was created to research and organize the experiences of African Americans who entered Oklahoma Territory from 1889-1920 and directly benefitted from the Federal Homestead Act of 1862. The presentation will include a brief description of the project; a discussion of process and methodology; a few surprise findings; and a reflection on the role digital archives can have in making rural western Black history visible.
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    Dr. Kalenda Eaton
    Associate Professor, The Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies, University of Oklahoma
    Dr. Kalenda Eaton is the Director of Oklahoma Research for the Black Homesteaders Project and an Associate Professor of African & African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is a Humanities scholar focused on African American western studies, intersections of Black literary and gender studies, African American social and cultural history, and Black Diaspora studies. She is known for her teaching and public scholarship on what the experiences of African Americans living on the Great Plains can tell us about American cultural and national politics.
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    Kristina Wyckoff
    Historical Archaeologist, Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office