We haven’t heard from our favorite “colored Confederate” researcher in quite some time, but it looks like Earl Ijames will be taking part in an upcoming conference on United States Colored Troops in New Bern, North Carolina. The conference is being sponsored by the New Bern Historical Society and runs from May 6-9. The conference is free and open to the general public. Interestingly, Mr. Ijames will speak as part of a session on “The Myth of Black Confederates”. I have no idea why a session on this subject would be included in a conference on USCTs. I would love to attend, but unfortunately, this is a pretty busy time of year for me at school.
It would be great if someone could attend and take notes and/or audio of his presentation. We have notes and audio from Mr. Ijames’s last presentation in Savannah, Georgia in which you can read and listen to some of the most incoherent claims made about this complex and widely misunderstood subject. With the help of numerous people we’ve been able to discredit much of Mr. Ijames’s research on a case-by-case basis on this site. I am curious as to what he will say about Weary Clyburn and John Venable. [For a sense of just how irresponsible Ijames can be, check out the contradictory claims made about Clyburn.] Mr. Ijames is responsible for a number of dubious claims about this subject and has refused to publish anything based on his research even after over ten years working at both the North Carolina Department of Archives and History and North Carolina Museum of History. I am hoping that someone will be able to attend.