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.
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.
Read about and hear oral histories from 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.
Secure site for DAR members to connect and share information. (Coming soon)
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.
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.