Article ID: CBB768792719

Pulpits and Stones: African American Terrains of Action and Memory (2021)


Christopher C. Fennell (Author)

Historical Archaeology
Volume: 55
Issue: 4
Pages: 550-564
Publication date: 2021
Language: English

Publication Date: 2021
Edition Details: Thematic Collection: Religious Communities, Religious Landscapes

The cultural landscapes of African American communities in the 19th century were often anchored with a church, cemetery, and school. Sectarian and secular dynamics interacted in shaping the terrains of those social networks. This article explores such developments in the impacts of religious beliefs, practices, and congregations on the strategic locations and configurations of churches and cemeteries before and after the Civil War, with a focus on the U.S. Midwest. For example, the founding and placement of African Methodist Episcopal churches in the antebellum period often aided routes of escape from slavery. Cemeteries could provide spaces for continuing developments of African heritage practices. In landscapes where residential and commercial environments could, at times, be racially integrated, placement of churches and graveyards were subjects of both pragmatic choices and symbolic associations.

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Authors & Contributors
Flexner, James L.
Magli, Giulio
Nassaney, Michael S.
Owsley, Douglas W.
Howey, Meghan C. L.
Patricia E, Rubertone
Historical Archaeology
International Journal of Historical Archaeology
Journal of African American Studies
University Press of Florida
University of Chicago Press
University of Nebraska Press
Springer International Publishing
Historical archaeology
African Americans
Cathedrals and churches
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
16th century
17th century
20th century, late
United States
Maryland (U.S.)
New York (U.S.)
Texas (U.S.)

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