A dotted circle around a dog (left) and cat (right) cuddling, with a canary on the dog's tail.

Welcome to Animals in Black Life!

My name is Katheryn Lawson, and I’m a PhD candidate in History at the University of Delaware. I am currently writing my dissertation on Black Philadelphians and their contributions to animal care, control, and liberation from 1950 to 1990. To learn more about my project, head to the About page

To see see other projects by those who have written and spoken about the Black diaspora’s relationships with animals (now and in the past), head to the Resources page

This website is a work in progress. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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