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Department of History


Rachel Young

Title: Graduate Student
MA Public History / MLIS Dual Degree
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
R. Young

Advisor: Jessica Elfenbein, Thesis Advisor

Education: B.A. in History and Anthropology, Augusta University, December 2018


Rachel’s research interests include historic preservation, architectural history, African American history, and topics surrounding class, gender, religion, and race. As an undergraduate, she worked in an archaeology lab, resulting in conference presentations at the 2018 Southeastern Conference on Historic Site Archaeology (SECHSA) and at the 2018 Southeastern Archaeological Conference, and Outstanding Student in Anthropology, 2019; Edward J. Cashin Award for Students in History, 2018.

As a graduate student, she has interned with Preservation South Carolina, where she researched genealogies of enslaved people associated with Trinity Episcopal Church in Abbeville, and with the Gills Creek Watershed Association, where she created virtual tours of historic sites within the watershed. During the summer of 2020, she had a historic preservation internship at Historic Brattonsville, where she documented and stabilized historic architecture. She also works for Historic Columbia.

Rachel’s current research involves studying the motivations, strategies, and philosophies that the PCUSA used in their relationships with African Americans from 1880-1920.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.