Among the Bishop Payne Library’s many treasures is the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC), which is a joint project of VTS and the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. Curating the AAEHC not only involves attending to “big picture” matters such as soliciting collection donors and coming up with interesting exhibits but it also involves managing a host of details that ensure collections are accessioned and preserved according to standard archival principles and are readily accessible when patrons need them.
The AAEHC’s Processing Archivist is essential to accomplishing these activities. We are pleased to announce that Ms. Ebonee Davis became the Processing Archivist in early November. With a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and Historical Preservation from Morgan State University, Ebonee brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the AAEHC. She has worked with the National Park Service, the Maryland Park Service, and the Montgomery County Parks, among other organizations. In addition to her experience processing collections, she has also helped several organizations develop and implement their educational programs. For example, she interpreted African American history at Montgomery County’s historical sites, and she has led Underground Railroad Experience hikes.
Ebonee’s passion for history and the archival profession is clear. We are thrilled to have someone with her impressive educational and professional background working in the AAEHC.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President