African Mortuary Dreams in Alabama: A First Look at the Old Plateau/Africatown Cemetery Burial Patterns
Author(s): Neil Norman
This is an abstract from the "Cemeteries and Burial Practices" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.
The last slaver to make the TransAtlantic Crossing did so in 1860. Those who survived the passage built a community at Africatown, just northeast of Mobile Alabama. At Africatown, they mixed African and European elements in their daily practices and material culture. This paper explores burial patterns at the Africatown/Old Plateau Cemetery. It argues that the burial patterns shifted from more familial to more community oriented aesthetics.
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African Mortuary Dreams in Alabama: A First Look at the Old Plateau/Africatown Cemetery Burial Patterns. Neil Norman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449149)
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