Title page for ETD etd-04072008-112214

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Struchtemeyer, Dena Lyn
URN etd-04072008-112214
Title Separate But Equal?: The Archaeology of an Early Twentieth Century African American School
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Patrick Hesp Committee Co-Chair
Paul Farnworth Committee Co-Chair
Helen Regis Committee Member
Rob Mann Committee Member
  • archaeology
  • school
  • African American
  • Louisiana
  • Pointe Coupee
  • children
Date of Defense 2008-04-01
Availability unrestricted
The written and historical record is frequently flawed, as it most often written by a single dominant group. The history of Morganza Elementary, an early twentieth century African American school in Morganza, Louisiana, was both omitted from the historical record and as a result, was slowly being erased in the minds of the community. Archaeological excavations were undertaken in order to better understand the lifeways of both the community and the students as well as the daily practices of both. In conjunction with the archaeological excavations, oral histories were completed with former students. Through this combination, new light was shed on not only the educational conditions of the school, but also the interactions between community members. As a result, the daily life of African Americans living in the Jim Crow-era South can now be fully understood.

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