Master of Arts (M.A.)
Neil L. Norman
Frederick H. Smith
There is a dearth of literature on the archaeology of childhood. Historical archaeology, by its unique nature as a discipline, can use a combination of written documents, the archaeological record, and oral histories to interpret past lives. Historical documents and correspondence of the Associates of the Late Reverend Dr. Thomas Bray attest to the establishment of The Bray School, a school created for free and enslaved African American children in eighteenth-century Williamsburg, Virginia. Appointed schoolmistress Mrs. Ann Wager played a significant role in what the children were being taught. An abundance of slate pencil fragments found on the Bray School site and oral histories contradict what is found in the written record.
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Scura Trovato, Valerie Susan, "Slate Pencils?: Education of Free and Enslaved African American Children at The Bray School, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1760-1774" (2016). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. Paper 1477068197.