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Oral History and the Archaeology of a Black Texas Farmstead, c. 1871-1905

Author(s): Maria Franklin

Year: 2013

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Starting in 2009, the Texas Department of Transportation funded research, community outreach, and public education that focused on the history and archaeology of formerly enslaved African Americans and their descendants. Excavation of the Ransom and Sarah Williams farmstead (41TV1051) by Prewitt and Associates (Austin, TX) yielded 26,000 artifacts that represent rural life in central Texas for freedmen and their children. The equally significant oral history component of the project has allowed us to co-produce 25 narratives with 27 individuals, most of whom are descendants of freedmen from the region. This paper will present the working results of using oral histories to interpret the Williams farmstead site. The topics that will be explored include race, gender, and household economy.

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Oral History and the Archaeology of a Black Texas Farmstead, c. 1871-1905. Maria Franklin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428625)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 659

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America