THE SUSIE KING TAYLOR WOMEN'S INSTITUTE & ECOLOGY CENTER
After nearly drowning on three separate occasions, Taylor wrote in Reminiscences: "I have come to the conclusion I shall never have a watery grave." ~Susie King Taylor
THE MAMI WATA RISING CONFERENCE™ IS A PROGRAM OF THE SUSIE KING TAYLOR WOMEN'S INSTITUTE AND ECOLOGY CENTER
THE CIVIL WAR & UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS
The Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center was conceived when noted historian, social justice activist, Afro Eco strategist, cultural heritage consultant, and author Hermina Glass-Hill assumed the position of Associate Director of Kennesaw State University's Center for the Study of the Civil War Era in 2009. Her 2010 administrative directive for the College of Arts and Sciences included designing a national conference that focused on New Interpretations of the American Civil War in which she elected to present Alternative Southern Realities: African Americans and the Civil War. Her intense study of the formation and impact of the United States Colored Troops pointed her to Susie King Taylor and the 33rd United States Colored Troops. Collaborating with the National Park Service/Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, in 2011 she spearheaded the nationally acclaimed NPS ethnographic study Assessing African American Attitudes Toward the Civil War: Tell Our Story and We Will Come. Subsequently she was instrumental in planning and execution of KSU's From Civil War to Civil Rights Conference.
GLASS-HILL PREMIER SCHOLAR ON LIFE OF SUSIE BAKER KING TAYLOR
Glass-Hill's research and lectures has catapulted her as the premier scholar on the life of Susannah "Susie" Baker King Taylor. At the close of 2011, she opened her research and cultural heritage research firm Ubuntu Strategic Concepts and dedicated the core of her work researching and cross-referencing primary and secondary source documents to corroborate and fill in the missing pieces of Taylor's 1902 self-published autobiography Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops.
THE SUSIE KING TAYLOR INSTITUTE IS BORN
The Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center was finally birthed in late 2015 when the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia extended an invitation for Glass-Hill to be the keynote speaker for its 2016 2-Day Women History Month Lecture Series. Her topic "History, Memory, and War: Susie King Taylor and the Validity of Her Voice and Commentary". Since that time Glass-Hill has traveled to Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York, and throughout Georgia sharing the Institute's 12-Point Plan and lecturing on the fascinating life of Geechee-Gullah Civil War nurse, resistance fighter, educator, and early social justice advocate, patriot, Boston black club women's movement supporter, and self-published memoirist Susannah "Susie" Baker King Taylor.
THE INSTITUTE MOVES TO SUSIE KING TAYLOR'S HOMETOWN
For Black History Month, Hermina Glass-Hill was cordially invited to speak at the 1st Symposium on Susie King Taylor at Historic Dorchester Academy in Susie King Taylor's hometown in Midway in Liberty County, Georgia. After visiting the former Isle of Wight Plantation where Taylor was born and tracing her likely footsteps to freedom, the Board of Directors of the Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center made the easy decision to move its operations to Liberty County and anchor all Susie King Taylor research, lectures, conferences and exhibits to the most relevant and culturally specific geographic site - Midway, Georgia .
THE INSTITUTE'S 12-POINT PLAN
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IN THE NEWS
Historian Hermina Glass-Hill offers the most thorough monograph on Susie Baker King Taylor