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The Oldham County History Center will host an Archaeology Investigation under the direction of professional 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 Henry Bibb was a slave before gaining freedom by escaping north. He later moved 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 discovered at the archaeological site which documents Henry Bibb’s narratives. These narratives can be found 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 Plantation. To date, there have been 15 different investigations at the site involving schools, the general public, historical society members and teens who have participated in the summer workshops.
The dig will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Children age 13 and up must be accompanied by an adult. Participation is free but limited, and reservations are required. Call the Oldham County History Center for more information at (502) 222-0826.