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University of Mississippi

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Event Information:

  • Thu

    Isom Student Gender Conference Keynote: Finding Mary Jones in New Orleans: Unfinishing Black Trans History – Jules Gil Peterson

    4:00 pmStudent Union Auditorium, Room 124

    Where does the association of trans womanhood and sex work come from? This talk considers the remarkable life of Mary Jones, a Black trans woman arrested in 1836 in New York City. At trial, Jones testified to the Black social world in which she lived and worked, including a reference to visiting New Orleans. Following the riddle of her journey from New York to the Mississippi Valley, Jones prompts how trans womanhood as a modern way of life may have been built into the emergence of the service economy in the antebellum era, with Black gender caught in the contradictions and symbiosis between enslaved labor and wage labor.

    Sponsored by the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement