Scholarly Reflections

The Royall House and Slave Quarters is committed to an interpretation of its unique historic property that is grounded in rigorous contemporary research.  We have been fortunate to benefit from the advice and counsel of numerous distinguished scholars in history, archaeology, and material culture, many of whom serve as members of our Academic Advisory Committee.  We are grateful to them for their ongoing commitment to the Royall House and Slave Quarters.

Here, we are pleased to present original scholarly essays and personal reflections by members of the Academic Advisory Committee, sparked by their knowledge of and connections to the Royall House and Slave Quarters.  We appreciate these scholars’ generosity in sharing their insights with us.

 

Archaeology and the Unexpected Revelation by Alexandra Chan

Our first contribution is from Academic Advisory Council member Alexandra Chan. Ms. Chan holds a PhD in Historical Archaeology from Boston University, based on her research and collaboration with the Royall House Association. She currently works as a private archaeological consultant in New Hampshire, and continues to be active in public outreach and education about the Royall House, archaeology, and the lives of early African Americans in New England. Read the article here.

 

Chloe Spear: Leaving a Legacy, Listing a Life by Margot Minardi

Margot Minardi is an Assistant Professor of History and Humanities at Reed College in Oregon, where she teaches courses in colonial and Revolutionary American history, early African American history, and social reform. She is the author of Making Slavery History: Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts, published in 2010, and is a member of the Royall House and Slave Quarters’ Academic Advisory Council. Click here to read the article.