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.