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Kyera Singleton

ABD Executive Director, Royall House and Slave Quarters, Medford, MA

Kyera Singleton is the Executive Director of the Royall House and Slave Quarters. She is also a PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in the Department of American Culture. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Slavery, Colonialism, and their Legacies Project at Tufts University. Between 2021-2023, Kyera Singleton was an American Democracy Fellow, in the Charles Warren Center, at Harvard University. She has held prestigious academic fellowships from the Beinecke Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). As a public history scholar, Kyera is one of the co-curators of the Boston Slavery Exhibit in Faneuil Hall. She was a member of the Table of Voices Cohort at the Museum of Fine ArtsBoston for the Hear Me Now Exhibit: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina. She has been appointed to serve on the City of Boston’s Commemoration Commission and the Special Commission on the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution for Massachusetts. She also served as an advisor on the Boston Art Commission’s Recontextualization Subcommittee for the Bronze Emancipation Group Statue. Outside of Boston, she served as a member of the Board of Public Humanities Fellows at Brown University, which brought together a collection of museum leaders from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. While living in Atlanta, she was the Humanity in Action Policy Fellow for the ACLU of Georgia. As a policy fellow, she focused on mass incarceration, reproductive justice, and voting rights. She created the ACLU-GA’s first podcast series “Examining Justice” in order to highlight the voices of both community activists and policy makers in the fight for racial, gender, and transformative justice. In October of 2023, she received a Women of Courage and Conviction Award from the National Council of Negro Women and an Official Citation from the Massachusetts’ State Senate for her work in documenting the history of slavery. She is a board member for Mass Humanities and serves on the advisory team for JustFlix, a youth focused storytelling organization in Medford, MA.

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