Cynthia Copeland is a public historian and interpretive specialist focused on Afro-American, American, urban, and museum studies as well as historic preservation and instructional technology. She is also president of the Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village History. Copeland has worked extensively with the New York Historical Society, including the direction of a digital learning project featuring collections that illustrate the story of the American Revolution. She has curated many exhibitions, including Before Central Park: The Life and Death of Seneca Village; Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery; and the Slavery in New York series. She was a Center heritage panelist in 2009 and 2011.