Remnants from a pioneering black school unearthed in Williamsburg

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Excavation at College of William and Mary
Excavation at College of William and Mary. Photo by Joe Fudge, Daily Press

Summary of Remnants from a pioneering black school unearthed in Williamsburg

Archaeologists discover the remains of the Bray School, a landmark African-American school, while excavating a dormitory at the College of William and Mary.

The field school, a joint effort of students from William and Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Historical Archaeology, uncovered the complete foundations of a mid-1700s kitchen and a dairy or smokehouse.

The Bray School was founded by the College of William and Mary and an Anglo-American missionary group, who included Benjamin Franklin among their trustees. It was one of the first African-American schools connected with an American college.

Archaeologist have found dozens of slate pencil subs and other artifacts.

The Bray School impacted the lives of hundreds of students during its 14 years of operation.

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