Thursday, October 22, 2015

Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery by Huey - ADVISABLE

Huey, Lois Miner Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery, 49 pages.  Millbrook (Lerner), 2015.  $25. Content: G.

In 2005, Construction workers dug up a skull.  Before the end of the day, the site had been turned into an archeological dig, because the site was thought to be an elusive, but suspected slave cemetery.  Because slave graves were rarely marked, the sites have disappeared from history; this site became only the third know slave cemetery in the United States.  Huey meticulously details the excavation of each grave, the identification process of each skeleton (names unknown, because such diginity was rarely afforded a slave), and other details about the lives and deaths of these souls.

A fascinating look at forensic investigation.  There is some comparsion amoungst the three known slave cemeteries, which adds depth to the subject.  Both slavery and death hold fascination for my students, so I will happily add this to my collection. 

MS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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