Archeology of Death

The program will explore death in the African diaspora from archaeological and artistic perspectives

    “A Multicultural Exploration of Homegoing Celebrations of Life: Art and Archeology of Death in the African Diaspora,” a multimedia symposium, will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Rogers Mansion in Southampton.
    The program will explore death in the African diaspora from archaeological and artistic perspectives, bringing together educators, an archaeologist, and a musician to teach communal responses to death and reveal cultural adaptation and resilience throughout African-American history.
    Speakers include Maura Doyle, historic preservation coordinator for Syl­vester Manor on Shelter Island, Catherine D. Zarate, who will speak about cultural awareness training in death and dying for medical staff, Brenda Simmons, director of the East End African-American Museum, and Allison Manfra McGovern, who was a public educator for the Office of Public Education and Interpretation of the African Burial Ground Project and an archaeological technician for the African Burial Ground Project Archaeological Laboratory of New York. A traditional African percussion session by Edwina Lee Tyler, an art exhibition, and a cocktail hour will begin at 4 p.m.
    Admission is $10, $5 for Eastville Community Historical Society or Southampton Historical Museum members. Space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling the museum.