April L. Hynes
Ms. Hynes is an Independant researcher and professional level genealogist with a specific interest in the African diaspora. She was introduced to the Edgefield Pottery tradition when she discovered a face jug that had been unearthed in Philadelphia by her grandfather in 1950. She has employed these skills to assist her in discovering the Wanderer Slave Ship community and the Kongo connections to the Edgefield Africanized face jug tradition. Ms. Hynes is a Principal Researcher of the “Wanderer Project” and has presented her work at the National Smithsonian Museum, Boston University, and published a recent article, "African American Face Vessels: History and Ritual in 19th Century Edgefield " in Ceramics in America 2013. Her project has received grants from the Chipstone Foundation and Ancestry.com to further her research. She is currently authoring a an upcoming book with Dr. Jason Young & The University of Georgia Press.
Dr. Jason R. Young
Jason R. Young is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He teaches and researches in the fields of Nineteenth-Century United Staes History, African American History and the African Diaspora. He specializes in the history of art, religion and folk culture.
Jason Young is the author of Rituals of Resistance: African Atlantic Religion in Kongo and the Lowcounrty Region of Georgia and South Carolina in the Era of Slavery, an exploration into the religious and ritual practices that linked West-Central Africa with the Lowcountry region of Georgia and South Carolina during the era of slavery. He is also the co-editor, with Edward J. Blum, of The Souls of W.E.B. Du Bois: New Essays and Reflections, a collection of articles that examines Du Bois’s personal religious convictions along with his scholarly examinations of religion. This collection addresses the much neglected soulful side of the man whose most famous work was about the souls of black folk. Young has published articles in The Journal of African American History, The Journal of Africana Religions and The Journal of Southern Religion among others. He is currently conducting research toward his next book project, ‘To Make the Slave Anew’: Art, History and the Politics of Authenticity.
Christi & Jamie Koelker
Christi Saxon Koelker and Jamie Koelker are documentary filmmakers based in Aiken, SC.
Christi (Writer, Director, Researcher and Principal at Dreamhorse Productions LLC) is a writer and director with noted credits in history, science and humanities. Her experience spans broadcast documentaries, advocacy films for cultural institutions and enterprise wide projects in literature and science for leading textbook publishers. She concentrates on stories of individuals who lead to an understanding of our context.
Jamie (Producer, Director of Photography, Editor and Principal at Koelker & Associates, LLC) is an award-winning producer, director and writer in film and video production for public television broadcasters, educational publishers, healthcare institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Jamie is noted for his production abilities which range from budgeting to final product delivery. He had proven management skills on both a project and enterprise level. His expertise is in analyzing communication needs, developing creative solutions and guiding the production process to a targeted delivery.
Their film credits include the award-winning documentaries Edgewood: Stage of Southern History and Horse Creek Valley: A Tale Worth the Telling. Their most recent project is The Inevitable Evolution of Fort Frederick, produced for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Jamie is the Director of Photography, Producer and Editor and Christi is the Writer/Researcher for this broadcast-length documentary due for premier in Fall, 2015.
Their website is www.KoelkerAssociates.com