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Museum exhibit features artifacts from African American schools

A new exhibit is on display at the Gloucester Museum of History featuring the archaeological finds of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill doctoral student Colleen Betti.

The exhibit shows many artifacts Betti unearthed during her digs at the sites some of Gloucester County’s African American schools and will be featured in the museum until January.

Betti’s research was conducted for her dissertation. She said that her field and lab work is completed and will soon begin working towards finishing the written portion of her dissertation.

Betti said she has always tried to be public with her finds since beginning her research of Gloucester African American schools in 2018. Though she has shared her finds on social media, she said having the artifacts on display that she and those she worked with found is a great feeling.

The topic of African American schools is an under-researched one, said Betti. One of the schools where she dug was the Woodville Rosenwald School on R...

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