How the North lost their memory of slavery and how archaeology can shed light on forgotten histories
Author(s): Kathleen Wheeler
I will present evidence from the Portsmouth African Burial Ground, as well as two other burial grounds where we found unmarked burials of persons of African descent. I will be speaking about the invisibility of certain groups of people, and how the marginalized have no one to maintain an institutional memory a generation or two down the line, which is how the burials became forgotten and unmarked in modern times. Portsmouth was not only the site of a segregated burial ground but the City to which Ona Judge Staines escaped from servitude to Martha Washington. She lived in nearby Greenland with a free black family, and her burial ground is protected on a private woodlot.
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
- Society for Historical Archaeology 2014 •
- ‘Black Yankees’ and the African Diaspora: Contemporary Perspectives on the Archaeology of African Americans in New England
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How the North lost their memory of slavery and how archaeology can shed light on forgotten histories. Kathleen Wheeler. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436909)