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Alumna to Speak March 9 on African Burial Ground in New York

March 3, 2005

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MACOMB, IL - - African art historian Andrea Frohne (ahn DRAY uh Frone), a Macomb native and a Western Illinois University alumna, will give a lecture and slide presentation Wednesday, March 9 about the 18th century African cemetery site in Lower Manhattan which was unearthed during construction of an office building in 1990. The cemetery was used by freed and enslaved Africans for 100 years.

Her presentation, “African Connections: The African Burial Ground in New York City” will begin at 1 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121. It will include combine early American history, slavery in the northern U.S., archaeology, politics and art as well as African and African American history.

Frohne earned her bachelor’s degree in English with minors in art history and German at WIU in 1991. She completed her Ph.D. at the State University of New York in Binghamton in 2002 and ahs been a visiting professor at Penn State and Dickinson College (PA).

Frohne is currently revising her manuscript, “Space, Spirituality, and Memory: The African Burial Ground in New York City,” for publication. She recently was invited to publish a catalogue essay for an African art exhibit at Georgia Southern University. Other publications include an article about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in “The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Self-Fashioning.”

The presentation, which is open free to the public, is part of Western’s indigenous Africa and Diaspora Discourse Project, sponsored by the African American Studies department and the Visiting Lecturers Committee. For more information, contact Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, chair of African American Studies, telephone 309/298-1181.

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