Teresa Moyer, “Old Plantations in New Lights: Building a Base for Interpreting Black History at Mount Clare, Baltimore”
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Enslaved African Americans helped transform the economy, culture, and history of our nation. Yet these individuals’ identities, activities, and sometimes their very existence are often all but erased from historically preserved plantations and house museums. One such site was Mount Clare near Baltimore, where Teresa Moyer has examined the entangled lives of the enslaved, free blacks, and white landowners, and has critiqued the racism of historic preservation. Her work argues that inclusiveness can make the social good of public history available to African Americans and address systemic racism in America.
Teresa Moyer is an archeologist who works for the National Park Service. Her personal research investigates archaeology at plantations and the ways institutions do or do not use archaeology to provide multiple perspectives on the past.
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