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"I memorialize the memorializers that memorialize
African American Women."


Dr. Alexandria Russell is the Interim Vice President of Education & External Engagement at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  She is a non-resident W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.   She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Secondary Education from the College of Charleston in 2009 and her Ph.D. in History from the University of South Carolina in 2018.  


Her book project, Black Women Legacies: Public History Sites Seen and Unseen (University of Illinois Press, Fall 2024), examines the evolution of African American women’s public commemorations across the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. 


She has received several fellowships to support her research, including a Rose Library Research Fellowship at Emory University.   In 2023, she was a recipient of the South Carolina Preservation Service Award for her contributions to African American Women’s History Research and Documentation. 

She is the Founder & Executive Director for Black Women Legacies, a nonprofit organization that digitally maps historical and contemporary memorials of Black women on a free, public website.  As a historian and memorializer, she is committed to making her research accessible to ALL!

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South Carolina Preservation Service Award Recipient

African American Women's History Research & Documentation

Black Women Legacies

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Unveiling Ceremony

Black Women Legacies celebrates a new named memorial in Great Barrington, Massachusetts!

Multicultural BRIDGE Founding Director Gwendolyn VanSant (left) & Alexandria Russell (right) stand underneath the new street sign on Main Street in front of the Town Hall. 

Research Spotlight

In April 2023, Alexandria Russell was featured in the University of South Carolina dedication ceremony for 

Celia Dial Saxon Hall,

their first campus building dedicated to a Black person.  


Alexandria Russell’s research reveals that Saxon is the “most memorialized African American woman in South Carolina,” and she is committed to celebrating Black Women Legacies to educate our communities about the public history that surrounds them.

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The Legacy of Celia Dial Saxon
Alexandria Russell stands in front of Celia Dial Saxon Hall.
Alexandria Russell and members of the South Carolina Federation of Women and Youth Clubs pose in fro
Alexandria Russell in group photo in front of Celia Dial Saxon Hall.
Alexandria Russell in group photo in front of Celia Dial Saxon Hall.
Alexandria Russell and Richland One Public School educator Mary Jade Haney at the Celia Dial Saxon D

Click "Full Article" below to learn more about the Life & Legacy of Celia Dial Saxon!

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