Marion Cohen

Historian & Ethnographer

HONORING OUR ANCESTORS
BY GIVING THEM A VOICE

I speak for those who had no voice; those enslaved, persecuted, and treated as second-class citizens. More so, I speak for those whose voices are forgotten and lost to history.

I am an Ethnographer, Oral Historian, Public Speaker, Educator, and Living History interpreter.  I bring life to persons whose legacies are lost to history because of forgetfulness of progress.

I do this through Research, Public Speaking, Oral Histories, and Interpreting, creating the important intersection of past and present. My work archives the collective memories of those who are still alive, whose stories I tell.  As a seasoned Public Historian, I use my voice to provide accurate context and understanding of the complex historical narratives that encompass American history and the African American experience.

I engage in providing information through various creative platforms such as 18th-century Cooking Demonstrations at Monticello, Plantation Life, Juneteenth Celebrations, Farm Life at Ben Lomond, and the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Bull Run, among others. I have delivered lectures at UVA, my alma mater, as well as at George Mason University. I am a Historical Commissioner for Prince William County, Virginia, and an advisor for the Fairfax County History Commission.

I am working on a book titled,  The Lost African American Communities of Merrifield, The Pines, and Williamstown.  It will be released in early 2025.

 

 

HISTORICAL SESSIONS

HISTORIAN ETHNOGRAPHER

PUBLIC SPEAKER

Collect, Research, Educate

The unvarnished truth is the next generation’s history. We must collect, researcher and educate so the reality of those after us is built on a platform of trueness.

Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive-George Mason University2020-07-24T00:46:37+00:00