Now in its fourth season, Sotterley kicks off its 2021 Common Groundprogramming on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 pm as it virtually hosts Jerome Spears for his presentationLINKS.Mr. Spears, graduate of theUniversity ofHawaii and 30-year U.S. Army veteran, is a researcher, speaker, and Sotterley Descendant through the Bankins-Barber-Scriber-Stevens lines. He reveals his personal journey of genealogical research using DNA to tell the powerful and healing stories of ancestors. There will be opportunities for Q & A during the webinar.

This webinar is part ofHistoric Sotterley’s 2021 Common GroundInitiative: Transcending Barriers to Toward Healing.The mission of thisinitiative is to:

·bring descendants, community and partners together to provideeducation, resources, remembrance, and celebrate cultures to aid in healing

·to help uncover and eradicate racism and discrimination in all forms

· to promote social equality and justice through the interpretation of authentic history and its relevance to effect social change while encouraging individual and group activism.

This is a FREE virtual webinar, but advance registration is required. Online registration is available on Sotterley’s website at

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Historic Sotterley

Historic Sotterley, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the United States, with a history dating back to the turn of the 18th century.

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