Teresa S. Moyer ’98 Publishes Book on Slavery, Black Heritage

Posted January 29th, 2015 at 11:02 am.

6046Teresa S. Moyer ’98 recently published Ancestors of Worthy Life: Plantation Slavery and Black Heritage at Mount Clare with the University Press of Florida.

Moyer examines the inextricably entangled lives of the enslaved, free blacks, and white landowners. Her work draws on evidence from archaeology, history, geology, and other fields to explore the ways that white privilege continues to obscure the contributions of blacks at Mount Clare. She demonstrates that a landscape’s post-emancipation history can make a powerful statement about black heritage. Ultimately she argues that the inclusion of enslaved persons in the history of these sites would honor these “ancestors of worthy life,” make the social good of public history available to African Americans, and address systemic racism in America.

Moyer is an archaeologist with the National Park Service and coauthor of The Making of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: A Devil, Two Rivers, and a Dream.

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