The Beman Triangle is a site key to understanding the changing nature of Middletown's African-American community over the 19th and 20th centuries. This project is a partnership between the AME Zion Church community, Wesleyan archaeology/ anthropology professor Sarah Croucher, and other local historians. They're looking to uncover everyday objects belonging to the church community members in the 19th century to help fill details of the limited historical records. Present day members of the church, including Pastor Moses Harvill, are involved in this project and will be helping to dig. They're following a relatively new model of "community archaeology," which involves asking the community members what questions they want answered, instead of researchers coming in with their own preconceived ideas.
Today we'll talk to professor Sarah Croucher and a student who are involved in the project.
Weather permitting, they will be digging on the Beman Triangle April 14-15 and 28-29.