Black History Month: Uncovering the Ancestors

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Presented by Andrew Jackson's The Hermitage at Unknown

Feb 16
Black History Month: Uncovering the Ancestors

Archaeology and Enslaved Communities in the Southeast

As a part Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage’s 2019 Black History Month community programming, the Hermitage will host a panel discussion to discuss the role of archaeology in the interpretation of enslaved communities at the Hermitage and in the southeastern region of the United States. Featuring Dr. Canter Brown, Dr. Jane Landers, and Dr. Larry McKee, join us as these historians discuss projects ranging from Tennessee to Florida and their impact on our understanding and connection to these communities. The panel discussion will begin at 3pm at Vanderbilt’s John Seigenthaler Center, with a light reception to follow.

The Hermitage archaeology program began in the late 1970s with several excavations over 6 field seasons that uncovered a collection of about 800,000 archaeological artifacts. In addition to locating previously unknown buildings, the field work revealed animal bones, ceramics, work tools, and personal items such as tobacco pipes, sewing equipment, marbles, and bottles. Studies like those at The Hermitage help us to not only organize and learn about our local communities, but help connect these stories to a broader, national historical context. To explore The Hermitage’s archaeological collection, please visit

Panel includes Dr. Canter Brown, Dr. Jane Landers, and Dr. Larry McKee. Moderated by Dr. Ashley Bouknight.

John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt, 1207 18th Ave S #200, Nashville, TN 37212

Source: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage


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3pm–4pm with reception to follow.

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