Missouri State Students Dig Up the Past
ASH GROVE, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri State University students are digging up pieces of the past around the small southwestern Missouri town of Ash Grove.
The archaeological dig around an old homestead began recently and is likely to continue next year.
Liz Sobel, a Missouri State archaeology professor who is leading the dig, says work will help people understand the racial dynamics before and after the Civil War.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that the homestead was originally owned by a free-born black man and the daughter of slaves. It's located near the homestead of Nathan Boone, son of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone.
Sobel says most research on race relations in the 19th and early 20th centuries focuses on large urban areas and the deep South. She says digs in southwest Missouri might expand that picture.