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Headshot Photo of Alexandria Russell 2021
"I memorialize the memorializers that memorialize African American Women."

Dr. Alexandria Russell is the Harvard & The Legacy of Slavery Research Fellow for digital humanities at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute.  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 and is currently an American Democracy Fellow at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University.  


In 2022, she founded Black Women Legacies, a nonprofit organization that will digitally map 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.


Black Women Legacies

Research Spotlight

Alexandria Russell's research on Celia Dial Saxon, "the most memorialized African American woman in South Carolina," was published in the Journal of African American History.  


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Portrait of Celia Dial Saxon
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