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My name is Jessica Markey Locklear and I graduated from the Center for Public History at Temple in May 2020. My thesis focuses on the history of Lumbee Indian migrations to Philadelphia in the 20th century and the community that was formed there. For this research, I created an oral history collection, which is currently housed at the Southern Oral History Program at UNC Chapel Hill.

During my time at Temple, I was the Martin L. Levitt Fellow at the American Philosophical Society, where I digitized and catalogued hundreds of images belonging to the Philadelphia-based anthropologist, Frank Speck. I also curated the digital exhibit, Frank Speck’s Lantern Slides in which I encourage people to think about the ability of archival materials to communicate messages over time that may not have been intended or even envisioned by the people who created them. 

Prior to arriving at Temple, I received undergraduate degrees in History and American Indian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) in 2017. I am an enrolled citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and much of my academic interests revolve around Lumbee history. This blog was primarily used for sharing some of my classwork and hope that it may be of use to readers.

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the department of history at UNC Chapel Hill, where I am continuing my research on Lumbee migrations and urban Lumbee communities. I am also working as a Field Scholar at the Southern Oral History Program. To follow my current work, please visit my new website. I can be reached at jessica.locklear@unc.edu.