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Gwynn’s Island: White Man’s Paradise (Virtual Event)
March 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society (MPAAGHS) will hold a virtual meeting on Saturday, March 13, at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time). The meeting will feature a talk by Allison Thomas and Maria Montgomery entitled, “How Gwynn’s Island Came to be Known as the ‘White Man’s Paradise.’” Maria Montgomery and Allison Thomas are cousins, linked by enslavement: Allison’s ancestors enslaved Maria’s.on Gwynn’s Island in Eastern Virginia’s Mathews County. Currently, Maria lives in Norfolk, Virginia while Allison lives in Los Angeles.
Together Allison and Maria have researched the history of the Black families who were enslaved on Gwynn’s Island and those driven off the Island between 1916 and 1920. This flight was sparked by a bar fight on Christmas Eve of 1915 involving Maria’s great-grandfather. Allison and Maria wanted to find out what happened and conducted extensive research into court records, land deeds, and genealogical information. They also researched the genealogies of the 25 Black families who lived on the island in 1910 in order to trace where they moved after 1916. Allison and Maria hope to provide descendants of these families with information about their ancestors. See https://www.gwynnsislandproject.com/.
To receive an invitation for this virtual meeting or to get further information about MPAAGHS, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804-651-8753.