Lesley Thomson is originally from New Jersey where she earned degrees in history from Ramapo College and Monmouth University. Currently, she is a student in the cooperative doctoral and museum studies degree programs in history. Her research area focuses on the intersectionality of public history and forgotten spaces. Her proposed dissertation will examine the town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi in the era of the Nadir. She draws from over 10 years of progressive leadership in public secondary education where she served as department chair and taught advanced placement history and social studies. She is the previous recipient of a district-level Teacher of the Year Award and Veterans of Foreign Wars National Teacher of the Year. She is very excited to serve the Madison Historical project.