New Considerations in African Diaspora Material Culture and Heritage

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  • African American Diaspora Archaeology and the National Park Service: Reflections on the Past and Goals for the Future (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Meredith Hardy. David Morgan.

    For 50 years archeologists from the National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center have actively worked to uncover, preserve, and interpret African American archeological heritage in our National Parks. SEAC’s work has spanned from the Stafford slave village at Cumberland Island National Seashore to the William Johnson House in Natchez, Mississippi, from the lands owned by a free woman creole of color in Natchitoches, Louisiana to the waters off the cays and harbors in St. Croix, U.S....

  • African Americans and NAGPRA: The Call for an African American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Justin Dunnavant.

    Increasing urbanization and gentrification have led to the rapid development of some of America's largest cities. As urban space becomes more scarce, African American heritage sites face increasing threats from developers and city planners alike. In light the 50th anniversary of the National Heritage Preservation Act and more than 25 years after the passage of NAGPRA, this paper highlights the disparities and challenges associated with preserving African American heritage sites in the USA....

  • Interpreting Slavery from Urban Spaces: African Diaspora Archaeology and the Christiansted National Historic Site (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Alicia Odewale. Josuha Torres. Thomas H. Foster.

    The Christiansted National Historic Site in the US Virgin Islands has served as a landmark site documenting the history of African Diaspora and Danish occupation in St. Croix from 1733-1917. Three archaeological projects surrounding the Danish West India and Guinea Company Warehouse have uncovered a wealth of cultural resources that have lasting implications for the largely Afro-Caribbean descendent Crucian community and for future interpretations of urban slavery in Caribbean contexts....

  • The Parker Academy: A Place of Freedom, A Space of Resistance (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Peggy Brunache. Sharyn Jones.

    In a time when social and racial justice and collective action is evermore the crux of African American communities, the importance of public engagement and community archaeology and mapping historical activism is evident. This paper will present initial findings of the archaeological and archival research project at the Parker Academy, founded in 1839 in southern Ohio. This Academy was the first school in Ohio, and the country, to house multiracial coeducational classrooms. Importantly, it was...

  • Using Scientific Diving as a Tool to Tell the Story of Human History: Bringing the São José Paquete de Africa Into Memory. (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jay V. Haigler. Kamau Sadiki.

    Scientific diving is a powerful tool that can be used to tell the story of human history and cultural behavior. On December 3, 1794, the São José Paquete de Africa, a Portuguese ship transporting over 500 captured Africans, left Mozambique, on the east coast Africa, for what was to be a 7,000 mile voyage to Maranhao, Brazil, and the sugar plantations. The ship was scheduled to deliver the enslaved Africans in February, 1795, some four months later. However, the journey lasted only 24 days....