Answering the Question, "Where Did We Come From?" Through the Collaborative Efforts of the Fort Ward/Seminary African American Descendant Society and Archaeologists in Alexandria, Virginia

Author(s): Mary Furlong; Adrienne T. Washington

Year: 2013

Summary

"We’re still here" has been the theme of the efforts of the Fort Ward/Seminary African American Descendant Society to incorporate the history of their community into the public interpretation of Fort Ward Park and Museum. However, "where did we come from?" remains an important question that has yet to be answered through archaeological and historical research. In this paper, Descendant Society leader Adrienne Washington will discuss the efforts of descendants to answer this question and why it is a driving factor of the research efforts of community members. Archaeologist, Mary Furlong will provide a preliminary review of the artifacts and documents that have been uncovered in trying to answer this important question and the struggle to try to answer questions established by the Descendant Society.  This paper will show the importance of collaboration between professional archaeologists and descendant community members in order to produce rich interpretations of the past. 

Cite this Record

Answering the Question, "Where Did We Come From?" Through the Collaborative Efforts of the Fort Ward/Seminary African American Descendant Society and Archaeologists in Alexandria, Virginia. Mary Furlong, Adrienne T. Washington. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428737)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 476