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Encore Presentation: The Lives of Enslaved People through the Objects They Left Behind (Previously Recorded)

  • Dates: February 17, 2022
  • Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    Information about the lives of enslaved people in New York is too often missing from the written record or was relayed by those who enslaved them. Archaeology, however, can provide insight into the daily life, values, and traditions of enslaved people. Dr. Michael Lucas explores how artifacts excavated at the 18th-century John Bogart House site in Albany provide insight into enslaved individuals and how they claimed some power and control over their own lives through the manipulation of material objects.

    After a brief presentation on the John Bogart House archaeology, Dr. Lucas is joined by Cordell Reaves, Travis Bowman, Matt Kirk, and Lavada Nahon for a conversation on how we can interpret the lives of enslaved people otherwise absent from the historical record through material culture. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the program.

    Panel participants include:

    Michael Lucas, Curator of Historical Archaeology, New York State Museum
    Travis Bowman, Historic Preservation Program Coordinator
    Matt Kirk, Education Manager, Hartgen Archaeological Associates
    Lavada Nahon, Interpreter of African American History NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
    Cordell Reaves, Project Manager of Education, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
    Video of this program will be posted to this page at 4pm

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