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Author Lee, John W. I. (John Wolte Infong), 1971- author.

Title The first Black archaeologist : a life of John Wesley Gilbert / John W.I. Lee
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 418 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction -- 1 Nursed in the Arms of Poverty -- 2 This Young Man Deserves Special Mention -- 3 Nothing Less Than Glorious -- 4 The American School -- 5 No Stone Unturned -- 6 The Demes of Athens -- 7 Excavating Eretria -- 8 A Humble Worker in the Colored Ranks -- 9 Mutombo Katshi -- 10 The Old Veteran -- Conclusion Enduring Spirit
Summary "This is the first full biography of John Wesley Gilbert (1863-1923), a pioneering African American scholar, archaeologist, teacher, civic leader, and missionary. The first part of the book traces Prof. Gilbert's life from his birth into slavery in rural Georgia through his early education in the segregated public schools of Augusta, Georgia, on to his studies at the Augusta Institute and Atlanta Baptist Seminary (forerunners of Atlanta's famed Morehouse College), at the Methodist-sponsored Paine Institute in Augusta, and at Brown University. Its central chapters focus on Gilbert's sojourn in Greece during 1890-1891 as a member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, a research institution founded in 1881 by a consortium of American colleges and universities. The book examines Gilbert's relationships with his American School professors and classmates, his experiences of living in Greece, his topographical research on the urban demes (neighborhoods) of ancient Athens, and his archaeological work at the ancient Greek city of Eretria. The final portion of the book explores Gilbert's life after Athens, as he earned a national reputation as an African American educational, civic, and religious leader. It examines his arduous 1911-1912 cooperative mission to the Belgian Congo as a representative of the Colored Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, with his white companion, Bishop Walter Russell Lambuth of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS). Throughout the book, Prof. Gilbert's experiences and contributions are placed into the broader context of nineteenth-and early twentieth-century US history and especially into the context of African American intellectual and cultural life during that period"--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from home page (viewed on August 11, 2022)
Subject Gilbert, John Wesley, 1863-1923.
Archaeology -- Biography
Archaeologists -- United States -- Biography
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Greece -- Eretria (Extinct city)
Athens (Greece) -- Antiquities
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780197579022
Other Titles First Black archeologist