Virtual Cemetery on Find A Grave – pay virtual visits to the known gravesites of Mississippi’s first Black legislators. Am I missing one? Please let me know.

“Who’s that woman?”

Library of Congress authority records – ongoing project with my colleague, Lauren Geiger

Links to Wikidata pages for each legislator

Collection of legislators’ signatures

Class files for “Radical Courage: Black Legislators in Mississippi’s Reconstruction Legislature,” a course I taught for the Mississippi Governor’s School program in June 2022-2024

This site is a proud supporter of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science’s Eighth of May Emancipation Celebration program, which often features legislators Robert Gleed and Jesse Freeman Boulden


  • Reference & User Services Association, History Section – Genealogy/History Achievement Award (2021). “The recipient shall be selected for exceptional accomplishment in one or more of the following areas: leadership; service; training; reference; or publication of recent, significant print or digital reference works/projects that offer access to genealogical or historical sources.”
  • Popular Culture Association – Allen Ellis Digital Research Award in Popular Culture, honorable mention (2021). “This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of an academic database to the study of Popular Culture and American Culture developed within the past three years.”

Talks & Press