About the Author
E. Renee Ingram has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Administration at America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth, Inc., since from December 1997. Prior to America's Promise, Ms. Ingram was the Vice President and Treasurer for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In 1994, Ms. Ingram established the African American Heritage Preservation Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization designed to provide awareness of endangered African American historic sites and to serve as an educational resource center for individuals, community groups, educational and historical genealogical societies, and government entities. Historic Preservation Projects that Ms. Ingram has been involved with in Virginia include:
· The placement of her familys cemetery in Buckingham County on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
· The nomination of Historic Aberdeen Gardens for one of the prestigious Preservation Alliance of Virginia Awards in 1994 as the only New Deal resettlement community designed and built by and for African Americans in the 1930s.
· The proposal for the State Historic Highway Marker in commemoration of the Honorable John Mercer Langston, first African American Congressman from Virginia and first President of Virginia State University. Mr. Langston was also first known publicly elected African American official in the United States (Brownhelm, Ohio). Congressman Langston recruited for the Massachusetts 54th and 55th regiments and formed the 127th Colored Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War and served as minister resident and general consul to Haiti and chargé daffairs of Santo Domingo. The State Historic Highway Marker was approved and designated in 1996 at the Louisa County Courthouse, the county in which John Mercer Langston was born in 1829.
· The nomination of Old Anacostia Historic District in Washington, DC for the 1999 National Trust for Historic Preservations Eleven Most Endangered List.
· The development of a structural plan for the restoration of the Thomas Slave Chapel in Bedford County and has developed the nomination of this Chapel to Save Americas Treasures for 2000. The nomination of the Thomas Slave Chapel to the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places is nearing completion for submission to the Virginia Historic Resources Department in Winter 2002.
· The North Carolina Highway Historic Marker Program proposal to commemorate Reverend Owen Lun West Smith, D.D., Educator, noted A.M.E. Zion Minister in North Carolina and Minister Resident and Consul General to Liberia (1898-1902). The State Highway Historic Marker was approved in December 2000 and was dedicated in September 2001 in Wilson, North Carolina, near his former residence.
· Developed and facilitated the educational initiative, A City of Neighborhoods: Bridging School and Community for the District of Columbia Public and Charter Schoolteachers as part of the District of Columbia Public Schools Professional and Leadership Development Institutes program. The emphasis of this educational experience focuses on African American historic districts.
Preserving Our African American Cemeteries: The Stanton Family Heritage
©1994 E. Renée Ingram, author. Heritage: A Song of Soul, A Sanction of Self, Edited by Lemuel Berry, Jr. Ph.D. Paper on research completed and presented in a public forum at the Second Annual Conference of the National Association of African-American Studies Petersburg, Virginia. February 15-19, 1994.
In View of a Great Want of Labor: A Legislative History of African American Conscription in the Confederacy ©1999 reprinted 2002 E. Renée Ingram, author. Willow Bend Publishers.
Wooden Churches-A Celebration by Rick Bragg. Published by Algonquin Books ©1999. Includes photography of the historic Thomas Slave Chapel by E. Renée Ingram. Notable photographers include Go