An Archaeological Exploration of Black Schooling in the Rural South

Event Date: 

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Event Location: 

  • HSSB 2001A
Few archaeological studies of Black schools in the South have been conducted despite the importance of schooling in the everyday life of Black southerners. This talk presents data on excavations conducted at Antioch Colony's school and church site; and compares the data with two other Black schools located in the rural South. In comparing the data, current findings echo what others have found to generally be true for archaeological analyses of later period church and school sites: an assemblage dominated by architectural and domestic refuse with a small number of artifacts that speak to educational or religious activity.
Post-Doctoral Scholar, UCSB Center for Black Studies Research