Last May, NKU faculty and students began the first-ever excavation of a historic site in New Richmond, Ohio. The project, which has received support from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, as well as critical acclaim in scholarly circles, will continue this summer.
The excavation project will explore the former site of the Parker Academy, Ohio’s first co-ed, racially integrated school, which closed its doors in 1889.
NKU students will collaborate with Dr. Peggy Brunache, who has been awarded a prestigious Ford Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship to advance the project.
“I am delighted to be able to return to Northern Kentucky University to help continue and advance this important work,” Brunache said. “Parker Academy was a beacon of light in a dark time in American history, and it is important to bring its lessons to light once again.”
Artifacts and documents recovered at the site will eventually become part of a permanent exhibit at Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
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