The Artifactual Journey podcast is a discussion about African American artifacts from the Nanny Jack & Co Archives, history, and a lively conversation with a different guest in each episode.
The podcast is created and produced by Nanny Jack & Co., an African American heritage consulting firm. Host: Philip J. Merrill; Editor & Producer: Veronica A. Carr; Music Producer: Noah Zafer Sommer.
In this episode, Philip and Wesley Chandler Wood, a 20 year member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc, an African American fraternity started in 1911, discuss the history and legacy of the fraternity's Baltimore Alumni Chapter.
For more information on the Baltimore Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, visit: https://benchmarkkappas.org/
In episode 29, Philip talks to George Collins, retired Baltimore City firefighter and president of the African American Firefighters Historical Society about the new museum in East Baltimore dedicated to preserving the history of African American firefighters. They also discuss the important role of oral history, artifacts, and funeral programs in documenting the experiences of pioneering Baltimore City African American firefighters.
In episode 28, Philip talks with Sophia V. Nelson, founder of Visit Black History.com, about Black history in Southern Maryland, her work as the founder of Visit Black History, and the need to tell our stories in a digital space.
In this episode of Artifactual Journey podcast, Philip talks with Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon and her work to preserve the legacy of Virginia Jackson Kiah, daughter of pioneering civil rights leader Lillie Carroll Jackson. Kiah was a talented artist, educator, and civil rights activist in her own right. For more on how you can help in this worthwhile effort, visit our various social media posts for links and information.
In Episode 25, host Philip J. Merrill talks with Cab Calloway's grandson, Peter Cabell Brooks, about the pioneering career and musical legacy of this prominent musician, entertainer, and bandleader, and his extended family.
The Artifactual Journey podcast is produced by Nanny Jack & Company, LLC.
In episode 21, Philip and Veronica discuss a 1929 police brutality case involving two Lincoln University (PA) students and a Brooklyn police officer. Listen to this interesting episode to find out more! EfpOwQNPUIRxK9DBkntz
In episode 20 of Artifactual Journey, Philip talks to Wanda Watts and Shelley Evans, two sisters who discovered ancestral connections to a plantation in Crownsville, Maryland.
For more information about the findings at Belvoir Plantation, visit:
In Episode 19 of the Artifactual Journey Podcast, Philip talks to Christopher Smithson, professional historian, genealogist, and longtime member of the Historical Society of Harford County, Inc., about Johns Hopkins University and Hospital and their history of experimentation. ASqOHxZfGcN9EL9tDVlo
In Episode 18 of Artifactual Journey, Philip discusses Memphis, TN African American civil rights history with Dr. William Gregory Thompson, the deputy director of Historic Clayborn Temple . Greg also discusses the work currently underway to restore and renovate the historic Clayborn Temple and its connections to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.