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‘Rescuing the Revolutionary Black Patriots from the Shadows of History: An Accountability Project’, Presenter:  Joanna Foley.

Joanna Foley, MA, MSW,  calls herself a “Commemorationist” because she combines the skills of her previous professions of journalism and social work. Her goal is to help make public art more representative of the Black Patriots who fought in the American Revolution. Joanna’s ancestor, Major Joseph Winston–the namesake of Winston-Salem, North Carolina– served as a militia leader in the American Revolution. A statue of him stands on federal land at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. Joanna visited that statue ten years ago when she was moving from New York City to Berkeley. Ten years later in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, she came to have very different feelings about it and all other representations of enslavers in public places. She writes Op Ed pieces, consults on webinars and speaks on podcasts–all with the goal of bringing about the commemoration  of the Black Patriots who fought in the same historic  battle as her ancestor.  Inspired by her Unitarian Universalist values, Joanna is finding allies for her project among the Greensboro UUs and local members of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists