On Wednesday, July 1st at 7:00pm, Sotterley continues its 2021 virtual programming as Dr. Bettye Kearse discusses The Other Madisons: the Lost History of a President’s Black Family.

Inheriting the role of griotte–family storyteller–from her mother, Bettye Kearse set out to preserve and deepen the knowledge about her family that oral tradition traces back to President Madison and an African slave named Mandy. As she travels to Virginia, Portugal, and Ghana, she shares with readers her research, her reflections, and her poignant emotional responses to her family’s past.

???????Bettye Kearse was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in Northern California. She has a B.A. in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Biology from New York University, and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Before retiring and moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bettye practiced pediatrics in an inner-city Boston neighborhood for 31 years.

This webinar is part of Sotterley’s 2021 Common Initiative and Sotterley’s 14th annual Speaker Series.  There will be opportunities for Q & A during the webinar.  This is a FREE virtual webinar, but advance registration is required.  On-line registration is available on Sotterley’s website at www.sotterley.org.

This presentation is made possible by the generous support of Maryland Humanities, the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Authority, and the    Maryland Heritage Area Authority.

For more information go to www.sotterley.org or check out Historic Sotterley’s Facebook or Instagram page!

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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