By Whitney Battle-Baptiste
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I revisit my original research and apply a clearer and theoretically tighter analysis of women, family and domestic landscapes of a quarter neighborhood on the plantation. The third part of the book is a reanalysis of the Lucy Foster’s homesite in Andover, Massachusetts. This homesite was excavated in 1942 by Ripley and Adelaide Bullen. It was among the first archaeological sites of an African American excavated in the United States. It for me is one of the foundations of African American archaeology; however, it has not factored into the historical memory of post-contact Americanist archaeology.
A gendered lens can reshape the discussion of who she was and the possible alternative 47 Black F eminist A rchaeology ways to see her as a woman. As a freedwoman, she could have been an active part of the local economy, a dedicated member of the local church, a safe house for escapees traveling northward, or a woman who held an important place in the Andover community. This approach also allows for a different way to view the ancestral home lot of generations of a New England African American family named the Burghardts.
In the genre titled the “neo-slave narrative” is the fluid way in which stories of captivity are directly tied to contemporary African Diasporan identity formation across the Western Hemisphere (Rushdy 1999). In my childhood, I was aware of issues of slavery, oppression and how books were a part of how we learned about history, and I have distinct memories at the age of six, sitting with my mother on our huge brown velvety couch watching Roots, the mini series. Stories of survival were not seen as strictly heroic; they were imbedded with lessons and memories that would always be outside of the realm of formal education.