The theoretical framework for this work is based on W.E.B. DuBois’s concept of “double consciousness” outlined in The Soulsof Black Folk, 1903. This concept helps portray the transition from African-derived burial treatments in this urban cemetery for blacks to grave treatments that were less distinct from those in the cemeteries for whites. Archaeologically evidence of these grave treatments can be seen through time. Though most archaeological research in urban contexts is focused on cemeteries, a significant difference in this case is the focus on the cultural landscape within the cemetery space. The author’s familiarity with Bahamian historical and cultural heritage enables her to make a case for identifying an African-derived cemetery landscape. This urban cemetery site is an illustration of the variation in experiences within the African diaspora in the Americas.
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