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10/06/2021 1:30 PM 10/06/2021 2:30 PM America/New_York Andover Peabody Diggin’ In Series: Season 3, Episode 5

Join us for Season 3, Episode 5 of the Peabody Diggin’ In series, “Uncovering America’s Oldest Black Baptist Church: The Excavation of First Baptist Church, Williamsburg, VA,” with guest speaker, Jack Gary.

Founded in 1776 by free and enslaved Blacks, the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg is one of the oldest Black Baptist congregations in the country. The Church worshipped along Nassau Street in at least two different buildings for over 100 years before being dislocated in the mid-20th century by Colonial Williamsburg’s restoration efforts. In 2020 the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, in partnership with the modern congregation, descendants of those who worshipped in the Nassau Street church, and the broader African American community of Williamsburg, embarked on a research project to better understand the property on which the congregation built its first permanent structures. This publicly engaged archaeological project has two primary goals – determine the size and location of the first church structure and determine the extent of any burials associated with the Church. The results of the project will lead to the recreation, interpretation, and commemoration of this nationally significant property.

To sign up for Episode 5 as well as future episodes, please visit our new online registration page HERE!

About Jack Gary

Jack Gary is the Director of Archaeology for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a position he has held since 2018. He leads a team of archaeologists, specialized consultants, and scholars to reveal the hidden stories of Williamsburg’s past. He is the former Director of Archaeology and Landscapes for Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest where he directed the restoration of the ornamental landscape surrounding Jefferson’s villa retreat. Jack is the author or co-author on over 40 publications, technical reports, and conference papers. He is the co-editor of the 2012 book Jefferson’s Poplar Forest: Unearthing a Virginia Plantation. He has conducted research in Virginia, New York, and Massachusetts with specific research interests in plantation and ornamental landscapes.

For more information on this episode visit our event page HERE!

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Peabody Diggin’ In Series: Season 3, Episode 5

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Virtual Presentation

Join us for Season 3, Episode 5 of the Peabody Diggin’ In series, “Uncovering America’s Oldest Black Baptist Church: The Excavation of First Baptist Church, Williamsburg, VA,” with guest speaker, Jack Gary.

Founded in 1776 by free and enslaved Blacks, the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg is one of the oldest Black Baptist congregations in the country. The Church worshipped along Nassau Street in at least two different buildings for over 100 years before being dislocated in the mid-20th century by Colonial Williamsburg’s restoration efforts. In 2020 the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, in partnership with the modern congregation, descendants of those who worshipped in the Nassau Street church, and the broader African American community of Williamsburg, embarked on a research project to better understand the property on which the congregation built its first permanent structures. This publicly engaged archaeological project has two primary goals – determine the size and location of the first church structure and determine the extent of any burials associated with the Church. The results of the project will lead to the recreation, interpretation, and commemoration of this nationally significant property.

To sign up for Episode 5 as well as future episodes, please visit our new online registration page HERE!

About Jack Gary

Jack Gary is the Director of Archaeology for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a position he has held since 2018. He leads a team of archaeologists, specialized consultants, and scholars to reveal the hidden stories of Williamsburg’s past. He is the former Director of Archaeology and Landscapes for Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest where he directed the restoration of the ornamental landscape surrounding Jefferson’s villa retreat. Jack is the author or co-author on over 40 publications, technical reports, and conference papers. He is the co-editor of the 2012 book Jefferson’s Poplar Forest: Unearthing a Virginia Plantation. He has conducted research in Virginia, New York, and Massachusetts with specific research interests in plantation and ornamental landscapes.

For more information on this episode visit our event page HERE!

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