Lauranett Lorraine Lee, Ph.D.
Lauranett Lorraine Lee, Ph.D., received an M.A. in American history from Virginia State University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia in 2002. Since 2001 she has been the founding curator of African American history at the Virginia Historical Society. Dr. Lee has taught history at Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Union University. Her book, commissioned by the City Council of Hopewell, Making the American Dream Work: A Cultural History of African Americans in Hopewell, Virginia, was published in August 2008. Since September 2011, Dr. Lee has led a team at the Virginia Historical Society, which launched a digital archive: Unknown No Longer, A Database of Virginia Slave Names, a genealogy tool that now includes 10,000 names.
Background Photo: Watson, Denise. (2012). "Back in Focus: Found photos of the Norfolk 17." Virginia Pilot. http://pilotonline.com/guides/african-american-today/back-in-focus-found-photos-of-the-norfolk/article_89718dbd-6f6c-583c-b19f-2b67745f8086.html (Accessed 10.17.16).