The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center announces the appointment of Erika Slocumb as the organization’s new Director of Interpretation and Visitor Experience.
Erika Slocumb is a scholar of Black history. She has worked on uncovering the history of Black people in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Holyoke community and the Wistariahurst Museum and most recently working at Historic New England on the Recovering New England’s Voices, interpreting and researching the histories of Black experience across New England. Her research “Reliquary of Blackness,” focuses on the use of archival research, oral histories, and community storytelling to retell, reshape, and reclaim history in spaces where Black stories have been obscured, specifically reclaiming the narratives of Blackness in museums and other repositories of history and culture. By joining the Stowe Center, Erika looks forward to continuing the work towards expanding the narratives of communities of the global majority, in conversation with Harriet Beecher Stowe and her work in social justice and civic engagement.