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Excavating the Jack Hopkins House at Gettysburg College

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Time: 10 a.m.


Gettysburg Beyond the Battle Museum
625 Biglerville Rd.
Gettysburg, PA

John “Jack” Hopkins was an important member of the Black community of Gettysburg in the 1800s. At the time of the Civil War, Jack was the janitor for Pennsylvania College (now Gettysburg College) and he lived with his family on campus in a custodial house located behind Pennsylvania Hall. Since 2021, the Department of Anthropology at Gettysburg College has been excavating the site of this house in order to better understand the diverse lives of people on campus and in the surrounding community in the nineteenth century. In this talk, Professor Benjamin Luley will present the findings from the past two excavations of the house, as well as the excavations planned for this fall.

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“Excavating the Jack Hopkins House at Gettysburg College” is part of the 2023 Battlefield Overlook Speaker Series.

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