CHRISTIANSTED –Please join us on Thursday April 7, 2016, when members from the Slave Wrecks Project will present a summary of findings and results from the 2015 survey at Buck Island, and the plans for this year’s continued survey at Buck Island, and a terrestrial community archeological investigation at Christiansted National Historic Site. The team will also present and discuss long-term project plans for community involvement with our partners from the University of the Virgin Islands.

In 2015, the National Park Service launched the first Slave Wreck Project in US territorial waters—a survey, inventory, and assessment of submerged resources at Buck Island Reef National Monument and Christiansted National Historic Site, St. Croix, USVI, to be used with investigations on land that are all related to St. Croix’s unique history as an epicenter of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Archeologists from the NPS’ Submerged Resources Center and the Southeast Archeological Center, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and George Washington University, are locating and documenting archeological sites both above and underwater associated with the historic trade of enslaved Africans.

Lecture Speakers—

NPS diver on the Eldorado Gold Dredge

Dave Conlin.  Chief of the NPS’s Submerged Resources Center, responsible for underwater archeology, with a Ph.D. and M.A. from Brown University and a M.A. from Oxford University.

Mary Elliott.  Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture where she is co-curating the Slavery and Freedom inaugural exhibition.

Meredith Hardy

Meredith Hardy.  Coordinator for Interpretation and Education at the NPS’s Southeast Archeological Center with a Ph.D. from Florida State University and an MS from the University of New Orleans.

Jessica A. Keller

Jessica A. Keller.  An archeologist for the NPS’s Submerged Resources Center (SRC) in Lakewood, Colorado. She has her MS from Indiana University.

Dr. David W. Morgan

Dr. David W. Morgan. Director of the NPS’s Southeast Archeological Center. He earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from Tulane University, and an M.A. in the same field from the University of Alabama.

dr chen davis kahina B.A., Rutgers University; M.S., Pepperdine University; Ph.D. Fellow, University of California—San Diego; Ph.D., Natural Health Institute).  Director of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI).

The lecture will be held in the Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse.  The Christiansted National Historic Site parking lot will be open for this event until 7 pm.  The Friends of the St. Croix USVI National Parks will meet from 4:30 – 5:30 in the same location.