Primary Speakers

Angela CooleyAngela Jill Cooley is Associate Professor of History at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she teaches courses in U.S. history, the U.S. Constitution, and civil rights. She earned a B.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Cooley is the author of To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South as well as journal articles and book chapters on the intersection of American law, food culture, and civil rights in the twentieth century.

 

Matthew DownsMatthew L. Downs is Associate Professor of History at the University of Mobile, where he serves as department chair and teaches courses in U.S. history and Southern history.  He earned a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.  Downs is the author of Transforming the South: Federal Development in the Tennessee Valley, 1915–1960, and co-editor of The American South and the Great War, 1914-1924, in addition to book chapters.  He serves as editor for the Alabama Review.

 

Ryan FloydM. Ryan Floyd is Associate Professor of History at Lander University, where he directs the social studies secondary education program and teaches courses in U.S. history, American foreign relations, and Southern history.  He earned a B.S. from Samford University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.  Floyd is the author of Abandoning American Neutrality: Woodrow Wilson and the Beginning of the Great War, August 1914 – December 1915, and co-editor of The American South and the Great War, 1914-1924 in addition to journal articles.

 

Keith GormanKeith P. Gorman is Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he also serves as Associate Professor of University Libraries.  He earned a B.A. from Loyola University in Chicago, an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Library Science degree from Simmons College.  Gorman is the author of journal articles and book chapters, including “The Call to Duty in the Old North State: Patriotism, Service, and North Carolina’s Women’s Colleges During the Great War.”

 

Fritz HamerFritz P. Hamer is Curator of History and Archivist at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum and was previously Chief Curator of History at the South Carolina State Museum.  He earned a B.A. from Acadia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.  Hamer is the author or editor of A Southern City Reborn: Charleston, Its Navy Yard and World War II as well as Forward Together: South Carolinians in the Great War in addition to book chapters.  He has curated many museum exhibits and library exhibitions.

 

Janet HudsonJanet G. Hudson is an independent scholar who previously taught U.S. history, civil rights, and Southern history at the University of South Carolina and Winthrop University.  She earned a B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.  Hudson is the author of Entangled by White Supremacy: Reform in World War I-Era South Carolina and a contributing editor to Twilight on the South Carolina Rice Fields: Letters of the Heyward Family, 1862-1871, in addition to book chapters and journal articles.  She is Past President of the S.C. Historical Association.

 

Kathryn SilvaKathryn M. Silva is Assistant Professor of History at Claflin University, where she teaches courses on the history of Africa, African Americans, civil rights in the United States, and women.  She earned a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.  Silva is the author of journal articles and essays and is currently preparing a book manuscript entitled “‘At Times We May Seem Bold’: African American Women in the Southern Textile Industry, 1890-1954.”  She is also program director for a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

Kathelene SmithKathelene McCarty Smith is Instruction and Outreach Archivist and Assistant Professor of Special Collections and University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She earned a B.A. and M.A. from Louisiana State University and a Master of Library Science from the UNC-G.  McCarty Smith is the author of the book chapter “The Call to Duty in the Old North State: Patriotism, Service, and North Carolina’s Women’s Colleges During the Great War” in addition to many other book chapters, journal articles, and essays on subjects related to archives, librarianship, social history, and special collections.

 

Courtney TollisonCourtney Tollison is Assistant Professor of History at Furman University where she teaches courses in U.S. history, South Carolina history, and public history.  She was the Founding Historian for the Upcountry Upcountry History Museum.  She earned a B.A. from Furman University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Tollison is the author of Furman University and World War II and Upcountry South Carolina, and her manuscript entitled “Our Country First: The Making of a Southern City During the Progressive Era and the Great War” is under contract with Lexington Books.  She has curated museum exhibits and served as a historian for memorials, markers, and sculptures. She can be heard on the SC Public Radio show Walter Edgar's Journal.

 

 

Panelists

D. Welborn Adams is an Attorney with Tinsley & Adams and former Mayor of Greenwood.  He earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  He has been active in community affairs and He led fundraising efforts to make new listings of the fallen soldiers from WWI and WWII on the American Legion’s world war memorial in Uptown Greenwood.

P. Dale Kittles is a member of American Legion Post 20 of Greenwood and served in the U.S. Army as part of the 82nd Airborne. He later worked as an officer with the Greenwood Police Department and in several leadership capacities with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, concluding his career as Division Commander over Community Services. He was awarded a Medal of Valor from the S.C. Sheriff's Association. Mr. Kittles was one of five veterans who sued over the S.C. Heritage Act in the case Thomas Waller, Larry Jackson, P. Dale Kittles, Claude L. Maus, and Terry C. Weeks vs. Kevin L. Bryant, Jay Lucas, and Alan Wilson. (The defendants were named due to the public offices that they held.  The late Larry Jackson was President of Lander University from 1973-1992.)

Christopher B. Thomas is Director of the Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site that is part of the GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission and an ordained elder in the Church of God in Christ.  He earned a B.A. from California State University, M.A.T.S. and Th.M. from Liberty University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham.  The Reverend Thomas managed efforts to establish a sculpture of Dr. Mays at the Mays Site in 2017.

Trey Ward is President of John Ward Painting.  He earned a B.S. from Lander University and has been active in community affairs.  Mr. Ward installed the new plaques on the American Legion’s world war memorial in Uptown Greenwood.

 

Panel Moderators and Discussants

April Akins is University Archivist at Lander University.

Joel Cleland is Professor of History, Emeritus at Lander University.

Lucas McMillan is Dean of the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Political Science at Lander University.

Franklin D. Rausch is Associate Professor of History at Lander University.

Jason Whitley is a Graduate Student in History at Clemson University.

Stefan W. Wiecki is Associate Professor of History at Presbyterian College.

Lloyd Willis is Associate Professor of English at Lander University.

Kevin B. Witherspoon is Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy and Professor of History at Lander University.