William Woods University will continue its celebration of Black History Month with a presentation of “Digging Missouri’s Black Past, The Archaeology of a Little Dixie Plantation.”
The talk will be presented by Brett Rogers, who teaches American History at William Woods. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the event will take place in WWU’s Library Auditorium at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. It is free and open to the public.
In the summer of 2003, Rogers worked with archaeologist Tim Baumann of the University of Missouri-St. Louis in documenting the history of Oak Grove, a hemp plantation in Saline County.
The investigation included the first formal archaeological excavation of a slave quarters in the state of Missouri.
Through an illustrated lecture, Rogers will present the fascinating history of Oak Grove, recount the excavation and explain what the artifacts say about African American life in Missouri.