Sammy Sawyer

Summer Intern

Sammy Sawyer (Summer Intern) is a sophomore at The University of Alabama studying English and Economics with minors in History, Italian, and Liberal Arts. He is specifically interested in researching Queer literature in the South. He is also working in his hometown of Atlanta and helping to prepare for the iHP expansion into Georgia.

Connor Marullo


Connor Marullo received his BA in History at the University of Montevallo in 2015. He is currently working on Masters degree in Library & Information Studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Starting in January 2019, he has been working on processing several LGBTQ collections for the Invisible Histories Project and the Birmingham Public Libraries

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Hooper Schultz

Summer Fellow

Hooper Schultz, a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Masters in the Study of Southern Culture and North Carolina native, will spend the summer in Birmingham, AL conducting interviews.  While a graduate student, Schultz’s research focused on the history of LGBTQ activism in North Carolina, specifically the Carolina Gay Association and the

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Shannon Wheeler


Shannon Wheeler (Intern) is a senior at The University of Alabama studying public relations with minors in criminal justice and psychology. Her biggest passion in life is improving the lives of animals as seen in her previous experience working and volunteering with them. However, she is also incredibly passionate about LGBT+ history, people, and causes. As

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Maigen Sullivan

Director of Development

Maigen Sullivan has over 10 years of experience in community outreach, grant management, organizational development, and social justice education. Maigen earned her BA in History and her MA in Women’s Studies from The University of Alabama (UA). During her time as a graduate student at UA, Maigen was an instructor of Women’s Studies for the Department of Gender

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Joshua Burford

Director of Community Engagement

Joshua Burford (Director of Community Engagement) is an award-winning historian, archivist, and educator with over 20 years of experience creating stronger communities for Queer and Transgender people across the U.S. He is perhaps best known for his work to preserve and make accessible the Queer history of the American South through the development of archival collections and oral histories.

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