Moreland and Byrne to Teach Meeman Course on Ames Plantation Dig


Publication Date: 7/25/2008

Recently Rhodes students and their professors uncovered slavery-era and Native American artifacts on the Ames Plantation located one hour east of Memphis. Professors  Milton Moreland and Ryan Byrne oversee the excavation project and this fall will teach a course  about their research and discoveries. Open to the public, the course is offered through Rhodes’ Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning.

The professors will discuss the ceremonial mounds of the Woodland and Mississippian periods, the early settlement of West Tennessee, the material culture of slaves, owners, and overseers, the political economy of the planter classes, the transition to sharecropping tenancy, and the relevance of the Ames expedition to the family history of Lucy Holcombe Pickens, the so-called “Queen of the Confederacy.”

This course will be taught September 23-October 14 in King Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  It also will include a field trip to Ames Plantation. The course fee is $175. For more information or to register, contact 901-843-3965 or