Since its establishment in the fall of 2021, the Coalition has developed educational programming and monthly virtual gatherings to bring together local organizations engaged in the work of documenting the histories tied to slavery and Black New Englanders. The Coalition has created a much needed space in the community to discuss the embedded legacy of slavery throughout the local landscape.
By fostering a productive environment that welcomes people from all walks of life, the Lloyd family has developed successful working relationships with the Museum of African American History (Boston, Nantucket) and Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery to produce digital humanities projects like WeClaimSpace.org, an online exhibition of Darby Vassall.
In addition to interactive, digital media that celebrates Black resistance in Boston and Cambridge, the Coalition has also partnered with National Park Service sites like the Longfellow House National Historic Site to create public programing that educates visitors about the history of enslavement, Black liberation, and the persistent legacies of the past.
Dennis Lloyd was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He attended Boston State College and earned a Master’s degree from Howard University in the School of Architecture & Planning. As a Vietnam Veteran, he served with the 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion in Pleiku, Vietnam during the Tet offensive and was awarded the Army Aircraft Crewman’s Wings for flying over 100 Combat hours, as an Ariel-Assault Door Gunner. He has worked for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), The Boston Globe newspaper, and as a property developer in Massachusetts.
He currently serves on Church Vestry of Saint Paul’s Episcopal in Atlanta, Georgia, and he has served for over twenty years on the Steward Board of The Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 2021, he became a founder of the Slave Legacy History Coalition. He is married to Beverly Parks Lloyd and together they have five children and five grandchildren.
Egypt Lloyd, in 2021, co-founded the Slave Legacy History Coalition. Furthermore, she has served as a Project Advisor for History Cambridge on the Tory Row's Hidden Black History project. In 2022, she was honored to be invited as a panelist by Harvard University at the University of Virginia's Legacies of Slavery Conference.
In addition to her work in history, Egypt is a certified commercial pilot accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Currently, she is pursuing a degree in Aviation and Aerospace from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to her foray into history and aviation, Egypt leveraged her extensive experience in the real estate industry as an accomplished Senior Government Underwriter for over twenty years. Furthermore, she has made a significant impact on early childhood education as the creator and founder of the Neat and Orderly Tots enrichment program. This widely implemented program has successfully been integrated into schools throughout Georgia and Colorado.