Unearthing the Places of Unsung People: Archaeology of the African-American Experience in Fredericksburg

In the past few decades, archaeologists and preservationists have dedicated extensive efforts to fill the gaps in Fredericksburg’s historical narrative by exploring sites associated with marginalized communities. These sites include the quarters where enslaved people resided, the workplaces of indentured individuals, the businesses established by the free, and the dwellings of those navigating family life in a divided society. Dr. Kerri Barile Tambs will illustrate how through these excavations, researchers have uncovered significant insights into the lives of African Americans in Fredericksburg in order to ensure a more inclusive storyline for the future.

Evening with an Expert will take place at the FAM (907 Princess Anne St) on October 19, 2023 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and will conclude with a light reception with the speaker. Lecture tickets are $20 for non-members and $10 for members.

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Dr. Kerri Barile Tambs

Dr. Kerri Barile Tambs

Dr. Kerri Barile Tambs is the President of Dovetail Cultural Resource Group in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has over 30 years of experience in historic preservation. She received her BA in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College, an MA in Anthropology and Museum Management from the University of South Carolina, and a PhD in Archaeology and Architectural History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include urban archaeology, architectural construction methods, and studying social groups who are underrepresented in the historical record. Dr. Barile is also deeply committed to the Fredericksburg community. She served on the Architectural Review Board for nine years and has authored several books and articles on area history to benefit local organizations, including Fredericksburg: The Official Guide. She and her husband, Bruce, live in Fredericksburg with their two spoiled dogs and are certified city foster parents.

For more information please contact Theresa Cramer at tcramer@famva.org.