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Interpretaions of Slavery throughout the Middle Atlantic Region

Author(s): Katelyn Kean

Year: 2016

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This poster presents the findings of an evaluation of the ways in which museums interpret and present slavery throughout Maryland and Virginia to the public. By comparing the various themes amplified when presenting slavery in a museum setting today, aspects of slavery the public is able to understand after visiting are assessed. To gauge this, a survey was administered to visitors at each of the following sites: Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Montpellier, and Sotterley Plantation. The survey polled visitors’ demographics and understanding of the exhibits surrounding slavery and the artifacts used in exhibits. Interviews with guides and other related professionals were conducted. In addition, participant observation was conducted during slavery specific tours at each of the museums. This exercise will offer a greater understanding of the most effective methods used to present slavery. It will also critique the current interpretations used to present slavery throughout the Middle Atlantic.

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Interpretaions of Slavery throughout the Middle Atlantic Region. Katelyn Kean. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434841)


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