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Common Ground and Speaker Series: The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family by Dr. Bettye Kearse

July 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Dr. Bettye Kearse

Griotte, Family Historian, Author, Retired Pediatrician

The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family  

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.


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Inheriting the role of griotte–family storyteller–from her mother, Bettye Kearse set out to preserve and deepen the knowledge about her family that oral tradition traces back to President Madison and an African slave named Mandy. As she travels to Virginia, Portugal, and Ghana, she shares with readers her research, her reflections, and her poignant emotional responses to her family’s past.

​​​​​​​Bettye Kearse was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in Northern California. She has a B.A. in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Biology from New York University, and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Before retiring and moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bettye practiced pediatrics in an inner-city Boston neighborhood for 31 years.

​​​​​​​This event is made possible by the generous support of Destination Southern Maryland (Southern Maryland Heritage Area) and the Maryland Heritage Area Authority.

FREE WEBINAR for the public – Advance registration required.

This year’s Common Ground will be offered virtually.

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July 7, 2021
7:00 pm


Historic Sotterley