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Finding Little Egypt

Author(s): Timothy L. Sullivan

Year: 2017

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In May 1962, trucks and moving vans pulled into an African American community known as "Little Egypt" in northeast Dallas, Texas.  Within a single day, the residents were packed up and moved out. Bulldozers swept in, making way for a commercial center, leaving little trace of the previous occupants. Who were they?  Where did they go? What was their story?

In 2015, Dr. Tim Sullivan (Anthropology) and Dr. Clive Siegle(History) of  Richland College (Dallas County Community College),  combined their courses into a Learning Community for students to research the origins, history and lives of the inhabitants of this little known African American hamlet.  Combining archival and genealogical research, oral history, cemetery survey and archaeology, the students have already turned up some interesting clues, informing us about this community and light it sheds on an overlooked dimension of Dallas history.


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Finding Little Egypt. Timothy L. Sullivan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435598)


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 721

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