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Artifactual Journey

Artifactual Journey

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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.
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Episode 18: A Civil Rights Walk in Memphis with Dr. William Gregory Thompson, PhD

Artifactual Journey

Episode 18: A Civil Rights Walk in Memphis with Dr. William Gregory Thompson, PhD

Artifactual Journey

Episode 35: Dr. John F. Brown, Black Medical Pioneer
When the general public thinks of pioneering Black doctors, they often think of Daniel Hale Williams, the founder of Chicago's Provident Hospital. However, in major U.S. cities, there were a bevy of Black doctors, including Dr. John F. Brown in Baltimore (no relation to John Brown of the Harper's Ferry Raid). Listen to learn more about this Black medical pioneer. 
February 03, 2022
Episode 34: African American Voices with Dr. Jane Donovan
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January 28, 2022
Episode 35: Afro Literacy #1: Rev. Dr. Daniel Grafton Hill, Sr.
The video can be viewed on the Nanny Jack TV YouTube Channel 
January 28, 2022
Episode 33: My Connection to the Brown Bomber with Veronica A. Carr
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January 06, 2022
Episode 32: The Kappa Alpha Psi Baltimore Chapter History and Legacy with Wesley Chandler Wood
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:
September 23, 2021
Episode 31: Growing up in Black Baltimore with Guy Rawlings, Sr.
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September 07, 2021
Episode 30: Culturally Significant Black Businesses in Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Episode 30: Culturally Significant Black Businesses in Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
June 09, 2021
Episode 29: Historic Baltimore African American Firefighters with George Collins
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.
November 04, 2020
Episode 28: Visit Black History with Sophia V. Nelson
In episode 28, Philip talks with Sophia V. Nelson, founder of Visit Black, 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.
September 17, 2020
Episode 27: Prophet Kiowa Costonie's Daughter Was My Girlfriend: Conversation With Marc Goldin
Philip has an exciting conversation with Marc Goldin, amateur historian and nonprofit worker, about his experience dating Prophet Kiowa Costonie's daughter and meeting the infamous Prophet himself.
August 18, 2020
Episode 26: Life & Legacy of Virginia Jackson Kiah with Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon
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.
June 04, 2020
Episode 25: Chattin' with Cab Calloway's Grandson, Peter Cabell Brooks
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.
March 13, 2020
Episode 24: The Moorish Science Temple of America
Episode 24: The Moorish Science Temple of America
January 09, 2020
Misbehavin' Marys... They're At It Again
After news broke about Maryland Delegate Mary Lisanti's racist comments about her African American constituents, we take a look back at another Mary from Maryland in 1951 and her racist remarks.
December 30, 2019
Episode 23: Blacks in Gold Rush California with Susan Anderson
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December 11, 2019
Episode 22: Reflecting Black with Martin Jackson on School #112 in Old West Baltimore
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October 30, 2019
Episode 21: Black Lives Matter: 1929 Police Brutality of Two Lincoln University Students
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
October 02, 2019
Episode 20: Belvoir Plantation with Wanda Watts and Shelley Evans
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:
September 17, 2019
Episode 19: Setting The Record Straight on Johns Hopkins Hospital and "Little Albert"
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
August 16, 2019
Episode 18: A Civil Rights Walk in Memphis with Dr. William Gregory Thompson, PhD
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. 
June 21, 2019
Episode 17: Black Entrepreneurism and Financial Literacy with Omar Muhammad
In Episode 17 of Artifactual Journey, Philip interviews Omar Muhammad and his experiences with entrepreneurism, financial literacy and Morgan State University. 
March 07, 2019
Hidden HERstory: Dr. Mary E. Britton
The life and amazing impact of Dr. Mary E. Britton. 
March 06, 2019
Episode 16: James 67X, Chief Aide to Malcolm X
In this episode, Philip talks with Rev. Dr. Mel Leaman, retired professor from Lincoln University, and his connection to Malcolm X's chief aide. ASqOHxZfGcN9EL9tDVlo
February 26, 2019
Episode 15: Seven Million Acres with Emily Artinian
Philip interviews Emily Artinian, director of the Street Road Artist Space in Cochranville, PA about her new project Seven Million Acres, Pride of Place. 
February 14, 2019
Episode 14: Flickering Treasures with Amy Davis
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Episode 13: The Ground on Which You Walk with Rose Anderson
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Episode 12: The Madame Sara Spencer Washington Story with Royston Scott
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Episode 11: The Great White Fairy Tale with Carol Maurer
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Episode 10: Sharecrop with Claudia Stack
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Episode 09: Exploring Bill's Woodshop
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Episode 08: Bellefonte, PA AME Church History with Rev. Dr. Donna King
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Episode 07: Lancaster African American History with Tim Niesen
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Episode 06: The Geography of Resistance with Cheryl J. LaRoche
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Episode 05: Colored Memories of Historic East Baltimore with Charles H. Brown
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Episode 04: Chattin' with the Brigadier General
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Episode 03: Our Colored Memories with Gail Tomlinson
Third episode of Artifactual Journey
December 24, 2018
Episode 02: Christiana Resistance with Darlene Colon
The second episode of Artifactual Journey! Philip interviews Darlene Colon, the president of the Christiana Historical Society and a descendant of Christiana Resistance defender, Ezekiel Thompson. 
August 17, 2017
Episode 01: The Christiana Resistance with Art Page
The very first episode of Artifactual Journey! In this episode, Philip talks to Arthur Page, a descendant of Christiana Resistance defender and Civil War soldier, Peter Wood. 
August 04, 2017