Lecture: "Black in Blue: Excavating the Lives of Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Davis, TX, 1869-1875"
Please join us for Professor Wilkie's hybrid lecture "Black in Blue: Excavating the Lives of Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Davis, TX, 1869-1875" on 4 April, 2022 at 5 pm in 278 Corbett Family Hall or on zoom (link: https://notredame.zoom.us/s/98947571971) to learn about the results of her most recent research project, detailed in her recently published book Unburied Lives: The Historical Archaeology of Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Davis, Texas, 1869–1875 (https://unmpress.com/books/unburied-lives/9780826362995). Wilkie employs a Black Feminist approach to investigate Buffalo Soldiers’ lives at 19th-century Fort Davis. She places the everyday items recovered in excavations into conversation with the fort architecture, surrounding landscape, military practices, and a rich archival record to reveal powerful insights into the lives of Black enlisted and non-commissioned officers. In this talk she presents the complexities of post life, racialized relationships, Black masculinity, and citizenship.