Introducing the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive Team

Dr. Tiffany Momon
BCDA Founder and Director

Momon is a public historian and Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Mellon Fellow at Sewanee, The University of the South. Her work focuses on exploring African American placemaking throughout the southeast, documenting cemeteries, churches, schools, and lodges.

Dr. Torren Gatson
BCDA Co-Director

Gatson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He is a trained public historian and scholar of US and Southern History with an emphasis in nineteenth and twentieth-century African American built environments

Sarah Grahl
Research Associate

Grahl is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in History and Museum Studies. Grahl’s capstone project focused on researching the lives of enslaved people who labored for the Fries family in Salem, North Carolina during the early to mid-nineteenth century.

Victoria Hensley
Research Associate

Hensley is a PhD student in Middle Tennessee State University’s Public History Program. She also serves as a graduate research assistant for the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, working on various urban-based projects across Tennessee, North Carolina, and Alabama. Her research analyzes the relationship between housing discrimination and gentrification in Nashville and the New South.

Maya Brooks
Web Designer

Brooks is a digital humanities contractor and Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art. She is a trained digital scholar, with an emphasis on disseminating African American cultural heritage using multi-modal technologies. Her work centers on creating public products that reflect African American influence and innovation.

Sarah Calise
Project Archivist

Calise is the Political and Regional Collections Archivist at the Albert Gore Research Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She holds an M.A. in Public History and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Information Science. Her research interests focus on social movements and student activism in the United States, and the issues of access and ethics in digital archiving.

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