Dr. Margaret Washington

Margaret Washington is professor of history at Cornell University. She specializes in African American History and culture, African American women, and the American South.

Dr. Washington’s publications include the award winning, “A Peculiar People: Slave Religion and Community Culture Among the Gullahs. In 2009 she edited and annotated an edition of the Narrative of Sojourner Truth.

Washington also published Sojourner Truth’s America, for which she won the Letitia Woods Brown Award for the best publication on African American women from the Association of Black Women Historians, and the Darlene Clark Hine Award for the best book in African American women’s and gender history from the Organization of American Historians.

Washington has consulted for the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, and served on the Executive Board of the New York Council for the Humanities.

She has been advisor and historical consultant for numerous films including “Daughters of the Dust”; “When the Lion Wrote History: the Life of Frederick Douglas;” “Liberty;” “Africans in America;” “The Musical Legacy of Gullah Culture;” “John Brown’s Holy War;” “Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided;” “The Gettysburg Address;” “Jazz;” “Unchained Memories: the Narratives of Former Slaves,” “This Far by Faith: A History of the Black Church;” “The Slave Trade;” “God in America” and “ Cheating the Stillness: The World of Julia Peterkin.”

Dr.Washington is a board member of John Brown Lives, a social justice organization based in New York State, involved in issues such as human trafficking and incarceration. She was recently featured in the CNN series “Race for the White House.”

Currently, Professor Washington is writing a book on women’s biracial activism in antebellum America.


David Schafer, M.A.

Dave Schafer grew up in Richmond, Kansas. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. Since 1987, Mr. Schafer has worked for the National Park Service. He is currently chief of interpretation and resource management at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Johnson City, Texas.

Dave Schafer and Todd Mildfelt are co-writing a biography of the radical abolitionist James Montgomery. Mildfelt and Schafer are long-time friends who both share the same hometown. Both studied under the tutelage of Dr. Dudley T. Cornish at Pittsburg State University. In 1956, Dr. Cornish published the landmark book, The Sable Arm: Black Soldiers in the Civil War, 1861-1865.