Hamilton to speak at library

Staff report

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Genealogical Society and Amos Memorial Public Library will present a talk by Larry Hamilton about the complicated story of the Randolphs who were former slaves.

Hamilton will present “Managing Our History: The Randoph Narrative,” Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the art gallery of the Amos Library, 230 E. North St.

“There’s a button on your computer tool bar that allows you to ‘manage history.’ Your ‘search history’ option enables you to navigate to past links or lets you delete or deny that you were ever there in the first place. But the status of our collective history is more complicated. Come and see what I mean and determine for yourself the management perspectives for our communal, regional and national narrative in examining one of the largest emancipation from slavery stories in U.S. history: the Randolphs’,” Hamilton said.

A native of Loveland, Hamilton, now a Piqua resident, is a retired teacher of African American history, world studies and current events. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in education in 1971 from Central State University and earned a master’s degree in education from Wright State University in 1979. He was selected for “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” He also received the Ohio Tri-County NAACP’s Martin Luther King Outstanding African American Award and received the state of Ohio’s MLK Cultural Awareness Award in 2005.

He is a founding member of the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley and has authored an article, “Helping African Ancestored Americans Find their Roots.” In August 2005, he appeared as a genealogy researcher in the episode, “The Slave Banjo,” on PBS-TV’s “The History Detectives.” He has also authored three books, “Lucy’s Story: Right Choices But Wrongs Still Left,” “Between Two Suns: The Berea Experience” (a collaboration with writer Christina DeLaet Burns), and “Refuge from the Deluge: On Being Railroaded.” They will be available for purchase and signing after the event.


Staff report