Lisa Shannon-Flagg, doctoral student in the History Department, has been named the first recipient (2008-2009) of the newly-established Margaret Ewing Endowment for the Enrichment of Research in Family and Oral Histories. This fund provides a fellowship to a graduate student interested in pursuing research on family histores. William Pate, who graduated from Georgia State with a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Communication, established this endowment in memory of his cousin, Margaret Ewing, who had a specific interest in family history and studied the history of the Pate family.
Ms. Shannon-Flagg is currently conducting oral history research on the East Washington Community in East Point, Georgia. This African-American community was established in 1912 through a city council residential segregation ordinance. She explains that her work "analyze[s] the survival techniques that enabled East Washington to endure the turmoil of Jim Crow racial segregation from its 1912 inception to its 1962 transformation due to urban renewal." In addition to to conducting nearly 100 interviews, her research also involves significant investigations in various archives and historical societies.