"I memorialize the memorializers that memorialize African American Women."
Dr. Alexandria Russell is the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Curator at Boston Symphony Orchestra. She is a 2023-2024 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, Sites Seen and Unseen: Mapping African American Women’s Public History (University of Illinois Press), 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.