At VIFreepBlack History NewsBreaking NewsCaribbean NewsEnvironmental NewsHumanitarian NewsSt. Croix News

National Park Service Lecture Series: ‘Historical Archaeology At Bethlehem Old Works’ On Thursday In C’sted

CHRISTIANSTED — The National Park Service and its supporters will be presenting a talk about historic archaeology at Estate Bethlehem Old Works this week.

The lecture will be given by Steve Lenik on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Christiansted National Historic Site.

It is being sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS), the Christiansted National Historic Site and the Friends of the St. Croix National Parks.

The lecture will give the results of archaeological investigations at Estate Bethlehem Old Works, a sugar plantation which operated from the early Danish colonial period until the factory closed in 1966.

In 2002, archaeologists from the Virgin Islands State Historic Preservation Office recorded a “lost” enslaved African cemetery and laborer village in the National Guard armory at Bethlehem, revealing evidence of mortuary practices and daily life of the enslaved in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Returning to the site in 2017, professors and students from St. Mary’s College of Maryland continued archaeological and historical research, and interviewed people who lived and worked this plantation, toward making it more accessible to the public.

Archaeology at Bethlehem broadens our understandings of the laborer experience at this important Crucian cultural site and aids in the effective management, the NPS said.

Steve Lenik is an historical archaeologist of the African Diaspora whose has done fieldwork at plantations, missions, and military installations throughout the Caribbean, including St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Dominica, and Jamaica.

Lenik received his M.A. from the University of South Carolina in 2004, with a thesis titled “Archaeological Investigations of Afro-Cruzan Identity at Estate Bethlehem, St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands,” and a PhD from Syracuse University in 2010 with a study of a French Jesuit mission in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Currently, he teaches in the Anthropology Department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, having previously held the post of Lecturer in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Among his publications are articles in Journal of Social Archaeology, Ethnohistory, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, and Historical Archaeology, and he is co-editor of the 2017 Routledge volume Material Cultures of Slavery and Abolition in the British Caribbean.

The lecture will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse, Company Street, Christiansted. 

The Fort parking lot will be open until 7 p.m.

The Friends of the St. Croix USVI National Parks welcome you to join us at 5 p.m. before the lecture in the same location to learn about our organization and our partners.

Help support our work. Brochures and membership applications will be available.

To read more please click on the link below:

Previous post

St. Croix's Linval Joseph Promotes Fishing In Minnesota With Gov. Mark Dayton on Saturday

Next post

OPINION By Soraya Diase Coffelt: The Virgin Islands Desperately Needs A Public Anti-Corruption Task Force

The Author

John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

No Comment

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.