An Eagle on their Buttons: Frederick Douglass and an Archaeology of Conflicting Ideologies
Java Jolt Lecture with City of Alexandria archaeologist, Benjamin Skolnik
Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to noon
Alexandria Archaeology Museum
Kick off Virginia Archaeology Month with a discussion of one of the most prolific writers and orators of the 19th Century, Frederick Douglass. Douglass devoted his career to the abolition of slavery and equality for African Americans. Benjamin Skolnik, through Archaeology in Annapolis and the University of Maryland, has turned to Douglass’ writings to help locate and interpret the sites described in his autobiographies. Through this engagement, we are increasingly recognizing Douglass’ importance not just as a guide to 19th Century quarters and plantations, but to understanding the ways in which ideas and ideologies can be understood, combated, and overcome.
All events are free and open to the public.
Alexandria Archaeology is a division of the Office of Historic Alexandria. The Museum is owned and maintained by the City of Alexandria.