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Department of History


Elizabeth Laney

Title: Graduate Student
U.S. History, MA
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Headshot of Elizabeth Laney

Education: B.S. in Anthropology, concentration Archaeology & B.A. History from Appalachian State University (2002); M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University (2007)

Biography: Elizabeth Laney is a historian, genealogist and museum interpretation specialist with interests in local and community histories, particularly African American communities in South Carolina, as well as the Reconstruction Era in South Carolina, Black Military History and the history of Walterboro, SC.

Laney has almost 20 years of experience as a museum interpreter and public historian at museums and historic sites such as the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, Drayton Hall Plantation, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, the Colleton Museum and others.

Publications: Elizabeth Laney has published several articles in the Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association including “Her Mark: Black Women’s Voices in Early 20th Century Walterboro, SC” (forthcoming); “A Community in Transition: Reconstruction on the Hammond Family Plantations” (2018); “Reconciling Civil Service and Civic Memory for Minority Men in Late Nineteenth Early Twentieth Century Walterboro, SC” (2017); and “Tracing Enslaved Communities to Freedom and Beyond” (2015). She has also been published in Ancestry magazine and has curated several exhibits on the Tuskegee Airmen including the exhibition panels at the Walterboro Army Air Field Memorial Park and “Shaking the Jug: The Tuskegee Airmen at Walterboro Army Air Field” at the Colleton Museum, both in Walterboro, SC.

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