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In the news: Kyera Singleton

In the news: Kyera Singleton
Kyera Singleton COURTESY PHOTO

The Royall House and Slave Quarters museum of Medford announced that Kyera Singleton will serve as its new executive director.

Singleton is a PhD Candidate in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and currently a dissertation fellow in the history department at Harvard University.

She has held academic fellowships from Emory University and the American Association of University Women. She has a B.A. in American Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies from Macalester College.

Singleton has demonstrated her commitment to making history both visible and accessible through public history projects in museums and nonprofits that are committed to social justice. She served as the Humanity in Action Policy Fellow for the ACLU of Georgia, where she worked on various issues including mass incarceration, reproductive justice, and voting rights. And she was a research fellow for the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

Singleton believes history is a vehicle through which we can understand and affect the conditions of the present. She is immensely excited and grateful to represent the Royall House and Slave Quarters as the new Executive Director.

In the eighteenth century, the Royall House and Slave Quarters was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible. Architecture, household items, and archaeological artifacts bear witness to the intertwined stories of wealth and bondage, set against the backdrop of America’s quest for independence.