A woven brown basket is featured in the exhibition "Pieces of History"

Basket1830-1860; pine straw and oak bark; made and likely used by enslaved workers on a plantation in Wilkinson County, MS; CIS-2016-0072, courtesy of the African American Museum at the Woodville Civic Club

June 22, 2021
6 p.m. Central Time
This is a virtual program, which will take place in Zoom.
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The lives of free and enslaved African American people are an important component of the Gulf South’s 19th-century history. The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Decorative Arts of the Gulf South (DAGS) project seeks out artifacts that can illustrate their stories. While early Black Americans’ possessions do not often survive into the present day, we can learn about these people’s lives from the places where they lived and worked. Enslaved people’s captive labor made lavish plantation homes and their furnishings possible.  

Join us for a conversation with three material culture scholars doing innovative research into the material evidence of 19th-century Black history. They will discuss how their investigations of architecture, archives, and craftsmanship reveal forgotten stories and give a fuller picture of the past.    

Panelists: Dr. Tara Dudley, lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin; Joseph McGill, director of the Slave Dwelling Project; Dr. Tiffany Momon, visiting assistant professor of history at Sewanee: The University of the South and Black Craftspeople Digital Archive founder and codirector. 

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