Critical Commemoration

Welcome to the 2019 Branch Out Alternative Break project: “Critical Commemoration.”

The goal of this year’s public history project was to add to the history of the College by thinking through what it means to be a part of the University community at such important junctures in history, for example, the 50th anniversary of African Americans at W&M, the 100th anniversary of coeducation at W&M, the election of the first woman President of the College, the commemoration of 1619, and the installation of a memorial to the enslaved at W&M. Through collaborative research, we have written essays and accompanying syllabi that bring a critical perspective to these events.


Sharon Kim

Abigail Fitzsimmons

Emily Maison

Matthew Thompson

Isabella Lovain

Kelsey Wright

Jioni Tuck

Meg Jones

Kam Morris

Lex Bailey

Site Leaders:

Angela Rose West

Brendan Boylan

Lemon Project Graduate Assistant:

Ravynn K. Stringfield