Museum Scholarship & Material Culture Program's Fall Talk with Ashley Minner
Ashley Minner is a community-based visual artist from Baltimore and an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She received her MFA (’11) and MA (’07) in Community Arts, and her BFA (’05) in General Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. She recently earned her Ph.D. ('20) in American Studies from UMD. Ashley works as Professor of the Practice in the Department of American Studies at UMBC, where she is the director of the Public Humanities minor.
Dr. Diana March
College of Information Studies (iSchool)
Revisiting the Reservation: The Lumbee Indian Community of East Baltimore
Following WWII, thousands of Lumbee Indians moved from their tribal homeland in rural North Carolina to Baltimore City, seeking work and a better quality of life. They settled in Upper Fells Point and Washington Hill. They called it their "reservation.” They established churches, a community center, restaurants, stores, and more. Today, only two active American Indian community-owned sites remain. Knowledge of these historic sites and their significance to Baltimore’s Lumbee people now exists primarily in the memories of the elders. Through ethnography and archival research, and in collaboration with the elders, Ashley Minner is mapping East Baltimore's "reservation" and developing a walking tour.