On Display: The Ishmael Titus Project by Africana Studies 235

Curated by students in Dr. Allison Guess’ Africana Studies  235: Thinking About Race, Land, and Dis/Possession, this display overturns the erasure of Ishmael Titus, a black patriot of the revolutionary war. Following the war, Titus settled in the White Oaks community in Williamstown. Over decades, his pension for serving in the war of independence was repeatedly denied.

This display accompanies a teach in held by Africana Studies 235 on May 8th in Paresky Auditorium at 6pm.

Poster with text that reads "Africana 235 Teach In. 05-08-23 in Paresky Auditorium @ 6. Thinking about Race, Land, and Dis/Re-possession: Learn about Ishmael titus, a former resident of White Oaks community in Williamstown MA. A Black patriot in the revolutionary war, his pension was denied unjustly and repeatedly spanning over decades. We work to share Ishmael's story and overturn his erasure from Williamstown history." To the right of the text is a charcoal illustration of Ishmael Titus, a black man with short facial hair, wearing late 18th century attire.