Time & Location
Jun 13, 2023, 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
About the event
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Prior to 1865, generations of enslaved people were forced to labor in the Great Dismal Swamp in southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. Other African and African American people came into the Swamp seeking a measure of freedom for themselves. Join Dr. Becca Peixotto for a discussion of how archaeologists are using science to complement the work of historians, geographers, and others to uncover the stories of survival, resistance, and resilience in what is now the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Becca Peixotto, Ph.D. holds a BA from the University of Alabama-Huntsville, an MA from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and an MA and a Ph.D. from American University in Washington, DC. Her research includes studying the traces of the 18th and 19th century Maroon communities on small unmapped islands in the Dismal Swamp, and excavating fossils in a cave in South Africa to help uncover a new-to-science ancient human relative, Homo naledi.