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Colored Conventions Project

Colored Conventions Project


What is the Colored Conventions Project?

Founded in a graduate class at the University of Delaware, the Colored Conventions Project (CCP) is a scholarly and community-based research project dedicated to bringing the seven decades-long history of nineteenth-century Black organizing to life. Mirroring the collective nature of the nineteenth-centuryColored Conventions, CCP uses innovative, inclusive models and partnerships to locate, transcribe, and archive the documentary record related to this nearly forgotten history and to curate digital exhibits that highlight its stories, events and themes.

The Colored Conventions Project brings together interdisciplinary scholars, students, librarians, independent researchers, national teaching partners, media specialists, academic institutions, and members of the public. More than 2,500 people around the country have contributed their time and energy to this ongoing, online effort of transcribing convention minutes and creating digital exhibits.

Supported by prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation, CCP is excited to continue expanding its nationwide collaborations in teaching, learning, and celebrating the history of Black organizing.

Where can I learn more about the Colored Conventions Project?

For more information regarding the Colored Conventions and the work of CCP, visit The Colored Conventions site or their digital records.