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The Oldham County History Center will host an archaeology investigation under the direction of archaeologist Jeannine Kreinbrink. This is a continuing investigation at the Gatewood Plantation located outside of Bedford in Trimble County. The Gatewood Plantation was the last place where Bibb was a slave before he gained freedom by escaping north and later moving to Ipswich, Canada where he became the first black editor of a Canadian newspaper.
Throughout Bibb’s struggles to overcome slavery he became well educated and made many contacts throughout the United States. Although he died before the Civil War he has been cited by abolitionists Harriet Beecher Stowe and Fredric Douglas as someone who influenced their thinking. It is hoped artifacts and information will be found at the archaeological site which documents Henry Bibb’s narratives which can be accessed at www.docsouth.unc.edu/neh/bibb/bibb.html
This investigation is part of an ongoing program to document the artifacts and information of the Gatewood Site. To date there have been 15 different investigations at the site involving schools, the general public, historical society members, and teens who participated in summer workshops.
The dig will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Children age 13 and up are welcome with the company of an adult. Participation is free but limited and reservations are required. Call the Oldham County History Center for more information 502-222-0826.