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Department of History


Jennifer Melton

Title: Graduate
MA, Public History
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/her

Advisor: Dr. Tom Brown

Education: BA International Studies, University of North Carolina, 2009


Bio: I am an MA Student in Public History where I focus on the interpretation of African American history in the US South.  My research is on the leasing of enslaved people and resistance to enslavement in the North Carolina piedmont.  I am currently completing an interpretive plan to interpret the story of Jim, later James Cox, enslaved and leased out at what is now Duke Homestead State Historic Site.  The interpretive plan includes an application to the National Parks Service's Network to Freedom, based on Jim's attempt at freedom seeking while enslaved at the site in 1863.

While in graduate school I have worked on a number of public history projects.  I co-curated two exhibits: one on tobacco history for Duke Homestead and one on the history of the South Carolina State Fair for McKissick Museum.  I have also completed a National Register Nomination for the St. George Rosenwald School, listed October 2018, and co-authored a report on the cultural resources of Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia.

I currently work as a graduate assistant for the UofSC Center for Civil Rights History and Research, where I am working on a digital exhibit on the Briggs v. Elliott school desegregation case.  I also work as an interpreter at Historic Columbia, where I give guided tours of four historic house museums and interpret the history of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and urban renewal.  

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