Exploring the lives of women of color in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). 
 
Any woman 18 years or older may become a member of the DAR by proving direct lineal descent to a patriot who contributed to the Revolutionary War.  These patriots include American Indian, black, and white men and women.
This site is not an official National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) website, and the content contained herein does not necessarily represent the position of the NSDAR. The President General is the official spokesperson of NSDAR. 

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Read about DAR members of color in the news.

 

The members of the DAR are all Daughters regardless of color.  The DAR has worked to erase color lines in the society and the Dialogues on this site are not to re-draw those lines or create a separation or distinction by focusing on members of color but rather to have a necessary conversation to educate the public about the present-day DAR and the progress the DAR has made to repair its reputation from the past.

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Con

DAUGHTER DIALOGUES

 

Read about women of color who celebrate their ancestors' fight to achieve American Independence through membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Who are these women? Why did they join the DAR? What are their experiences as members of the society?

 

Learn about their personal journeys to join the DAR and the contributions they are making as members. 

RESEARCH OUTCOMES

 

Results of conversations, surveys, studies, explorations, and investigations of present-day and historical context of members of color and the DAR.

DAR SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY

 

DAR chapters develop and support programs to serve communities of color such as African American cemetery preservation.

​U.S. News & World Report, June 29, 2019

When Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly hit a roadblock while researching her family history, a chance encounter at a conference with members of the Daughters of the American Revolution got her the help she needed to keep going.

Now, Kelly is helping the DAR have its own breakthrough moment. On Sunday, the lineage-based group, with a longstanding reputation as a bastion of white privilege, will install Kelly as the head of its New York state organization and the first African American woman on its national governing board.

This month, Autier Allen-Craft was elected to the position of regent in the Norwalk–Village Green chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Connecticut. Allen-Craft, a black woman, says the organization has come a long way since its years of controversy related to racial exclusion.

Olivia Cousins can trace her family in the United States to a soldier who joined the rebelling colonists when he was just 17. But when a friend suggested she join the Daughters of the American Revolution, an organization whose members can prove they are related to someone who aided the rebels in 1776, Dr. Cousins nearly laughed.

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When members of the Carrollton Manor Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution first decided to put together a book on a small African-American Cemetery in Middletown, they thought it would be an easy project and the book would be about 50 pages.

 

Instead the project took about a year and a half, involved thousands of hours, and the book is 388 pages.

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There were anywhere from 5,000 to 20,000 soldiers of African and Native American descent who served under General George Washington in the Continental Forces.

 

Fighting for a country under which they had no legal rights was not an easy road to travel. The stunning new picture book Patriots of African Descent in the Revolutionary War: Part 1 is fiction, as told by a family historian to his great-grandson about their family’s service as African-Americans during the Revolutionary War.

 

Readers ages 8 and older will be fascinated as they read about a nearly forgotten chapter in American history.

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Secure site for DAR members to connect and share information. (Coming soon) 

RESOURCES

 

Find resources and tips for genealogy research including patriots of color databases.  Locate genealogists specializing in African American ancestry.  Find books written by DAR members of color about their patriots and family history...and more.

 

 

 

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The purpose of Daughter Dialogues is to explore  the contemporary lives of members of color in the Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Many people are not aware of the fact that the DAR has members of color or that men and women of color contributed to the Revolutionary War.
 
The information on the website is a result of research currently being conducted by Reisha L. Raney, non-resident fellow, W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University University; Organizing Secretary, Maryland State Society Daughters of the American Revolution; and Honorary Regent, Harmony Hall Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.  Research objectives include:
 
  • Documenting narratives of members of color and descendants of patriots of color in the DAR.
  • Examining the historical context of members of color in the DAR.
  • Examining the changing perceptions among non-DAR members in response to the research.
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National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR),

and the content contained herein does not necessarily represent the position of the NSDAR. 

The President General is the official spokesperson of NSDAR. 

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