My name is Marvin-Alonzo Greer aka MAG the Historian. I am a graduate of Morehouse College with a degree in History and a minor in African-American Studies. I am currently the Site Supervisor of the Peyton Randolph House at Colonial Williamsburg.
I have been blessed to work at The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking at Georgia Tech and the Atlanta History Center. Both historical institutions helped foster my growth and development. The staff at the Museum of Papermaking allowed me to explore different jobs in the museum field. I worked primarily as the registrar and collections manager, cataloging and inventorying artifacts. The exhibit design specialist encouraged me to help design and install the exhibit Sukey Hughes and the World of Japanese Paper: A Return to the Source. The paper museum also afforded me the opportunity to be flown to Texas to help curate and install an exhibit at the Texas Forestry Museum. Being a small museum I was able to engage with visitors as well as learn how institutions work behind the scenes. The skills learned at the Museum of Papermaking allowed me transition to a position at The Atlanta History Center. I primarily worked in museum education developing school tours and public programs; however because of my past experience and professionalism working with artifacts and collections, I was often brought on board to help install and design temporary exhibitions. I have helped work on exhibits that include but not limited to the With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition by the Library of Congress; Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment by NMAAHC; Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello by NMAAHC; Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey; and the Atlanta History Center’s Confederate Odyssey: The George W. Wray Civil War Collection. Gordon Jones the Senior Military Curator at the Atlanta History Center took me under his wing and helped foster my growth in collections and the curatorial field. He gave me the opportunity to explore my passion for Black History. I was able to return the mentorship by lending my expertise in Black history by researching artifacts to strengthen quality of interpretation at the Atlanta History Center.
In my free time, I am a living historian for time periods including the American Revolution, American Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWI, Spanish Civil War, and WWII. Living histories and bringing the role of people of African descent to life is one of the many ways I engage the public. Through my work at the Atlanta History Center and outside living history programs, numerous historical societies and organizations have invited me to speak on different topics in African-American history. In the past years I have given lectures including “The effects of Sherman’s March to the Sea on Black Georgians” presented to The Madison-Morgan County Cultural Center; Pleasant Street Historical Society invited me present on the 55th Massachusetts Colored Volunteer Infantry; and The Medical Association of Atlanta hosted me on a presentation focusing on African-Americans in Civil War Medicine. My love for research and genealogy encouraged me to become an active member of the James B. McPherson Camp No. 1 (Atlanta chapter) of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Through this I have had the honor of doing community outreach and veterans’ programs. My interest in the social and cultural history and my love for interacting with the public and public programs has driven me to pursue a path of activism through museums.