Students from the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Anthropology Department will discuss Derby’s Black Governors, the archaeological process, and their findings from a 2012 Archaeology Field School on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby. The public is invited to attend this free presentation to learn more about Derby’s Black Governors, and how archaeology can reveal hidden truths about the past.
In 2010 and 2012, students and faculty from CCSU conducted an archaeological excavation in Osbornedale State Park, investigating the home site of Black Governor Roswell Freeman and his family—the first-ever archaeological exploration of the life of a Connecticut Black Governor. This innovative project was designed by Anthropology Department members Dr. Warren Perry, Professor Gerald Sawyer, and Janet Woodruff, who collaborate as the Archaeology Laboratory for African & African Diaspora Studies (ALAADS).
Black Governors were elected officials who held significant political and social roles in Connecticut’s 18th and 19th century African American community. Derby had a long history of electing Governors to officiate in legal matters, act as spokespersons, and preside at ceremonies and events relating to the African American community. The archaeological project offers students and the community a chance to learn more about the Freeman family through identifying and analyzing the remains of their home and possessions.
The Kellogg Environmental Center, a facility of the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT.