Decolonizing Archaeology in Bermuda: Tucker's Town Free Black Cemetery, Thursday 1 July, 5:30pm Bermuda time (4:30pm EDT; 9:30pm BST)
Tucker’s Town Burial Ground is a lasting memorial of a once thriving free Black community in Bermuda. The land that community occupied was reallocated for tourism development and is now occupied by golf clubs, hotels and houses of the wealthy.
The burial plot, long neglected and overgrown, was recovered in the late 20th century. By 2008 Tucker’s Town Historical Society and CURB successfully advocated for the cemetery to be made into an Historic Preservation Area.
In December 2012 the ‘protected’ gravestones were bulldozed to the horror of the descendants and community. It appears that the decision to ‘remove’ the gravestones was in some part guided by statements made by archaeologists involved.
This free public webinar will provide the Bermuda community, the descendants of Tucker’s Town, and international researchers with the latest research on Tucker’s Town Free Black Cemetery and to provide information, education and resources to the public about issues of historical justice and sites of memory.
Through the collaboration of Tucker’s Town Historical Society, Durham University and Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda and the inclusion of scholars and grassroot activists from around the world, we hope to encourage innovative interdisciplinary, transnational, and comparative research. Featuring similar examples of sites of memory overseas, highlighting best practice and inclusion of all stakeholders, and the precedents of international law, we hope to help the efforts to decolonize academia.
Moderator: Cordell Riley, CURB Vice President
-LeYoni Junos, Independent Researcher
-Arlene Brock, Harvard University
-Rui Gomes Coelho, Durham University
-Whitney Battle-Baptiste, UMass Amherst
-Michael Blakey, William and Mary (tbc)