Croucher Speaks on “Unearthing Community” Exhibit at Russell Library

Sarah Croucher, assistant professor of archaology, assistant professor of anthropology, spoke to Middletown residents at the Russell Library Sept. 12 about her lab's "Unearthing Community" exhibit that is on display this week. The exhibit explores the lives of 19th century Middletown residents through the artifacts and materials that have been excavated by Croucher, students and local community members at the Beman Triangle site near Wesleyan's campus.

Sarah Croucher, assistant professor of archaeology, assistant professor of anthropology, spoke to Middletown residents at the Russell Library Sept. 12 about her lab’s “Unearthing Community” exhibit that is on display this week. The exhibit explores the lives of 19th century Middletown residents through the artifacts and materials that have been excavated by Croucher, students and local community members at the Beman Triangle site near Wesleyan’s campus.

The houses built on this land from the 1840s were home to a community of African Americans living in Middletown, tied to the nearby A.M.E. Zion Church. Artifacts discovered in the area from 19th century trash pits shed new light on the lives of the community members, and the longstanding relationship between the church, Middletown and Wesleyan.

The houses built on this excavated land were home to a community of African Americans living in Middletown, tied to the nearby A.M.E. Zion Church. Artifacts discovered in the area from 19th century trash pits shed new light on the lives of the community members, and the longstanding relationship between the church, Middletown and Wesleyan.

Learn more about Professor Croucher’s research in this past Wesleyan Connection article or in this video. (Photos by Ryan Heffernan ’16)