Admiring the Hush Arbor: Confronting Slavery in the American South

Author(s): Michael B Thomin; Tristan J Harrenstein

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "The Public and Our Communities: How to Present Engaging Archaeology" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

In March 2017, the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) North Central regional office created a new public program called "Admiring the Hush Arbor." A hush arbor was a meeting place, usually secret, that took place outdoors where enslaved African-Americans practiced religious traditions and served as a framework for the program. Whether targeted to an African-American audience or a diverse one, this program involved an evening of learning, appreciation, and remembrance of African-American culture, history, and archaeology through music, dance, poetry, and stories. The event was so successful FPAN’s Coordinating Center in Northwest Florida hosted a similar event in 2018. This paper explains how the program is planned and organized; reflects on partnerships and lessons learned; and explores future ways to measure its impact on participants and attendees.

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Admiring the Hush Arbor: Confronting Slavery in the American South. Michael B Thomin, Tristan J Harrenstein. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449075)


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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 189