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Preserving Heritage: The Challenge of Race and Class at the Pyrrhus Concer Homelot

Author(s): Allison J.M. McGovern

Year: 2017

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This paper discusses community outreach and archaeological investigations at the Pyrrhus Concer Homelot in Southampton, New York. Pyrrhus Concer was born to an enslaved mother during the Gradual Emancipation Era in New York State, and he is locally remembered as a freed slave, a whaleman, a philanthropist, and a respected community member. Despite local awareness and memorialization of Concer’s homelot, his home became the locus of a heated battle between local preservationists, planning board members, and developers. This paper will discuss how the intersection of race and class continues to affect local concepts of heritage and the politics of preservation at sites like the Concer homelot.

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Preserving Heritage: The Challenge of Race and Class at the Pyrrhus Concer Homelot. Allison J.M. McGovern. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435296)


class heritage Race

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 424

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