In coordination and in celebration with The Charleston 350 Commemoration, The Charleston Museum is pleased to host a three-part lecture series with distinguished speakers. This lecture series will dive deeper into the Native American settlements of 1669 with Dr. Jon Marcoux, Africans and the development of slavery in colonial South Carolina with Dr. Daniel Littlefield and finally, the way the various cultures influenced the Charleston that we know today with Dr. David J. Cranford. Each lecture will be free and open to the public, registration recommended.
Our first lecture, “Lowcountry Life before Charleston Towne: Native American Communities in 1669” will be presented by Dr. Jon B. Marcoux on March 5, at 6 pm.
Jon Bernard Marcoux is the Director of the joint Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. His education includes degrees from Vanderbilt University (B.A. Anthropology and Economics), the University of Alabama (M.A. Anthropology), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. Anthropology). Marcoux is trained as an anthropological archaeologist with a professional background in both applied preservation work and in academia. He has over 20 years of experience working in the cultural resource management field – collaborating with architectural historians, public historians, museum professionals, and government agencies to manage projects involving historically significant buildings and archaeological sites. Prior to joining the Clemson University and College of Charleston faculty, Marcoux was the director of the Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation program at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI (2013-2019) and a faculty member in the Sociology and Anthropology department at Auburn University Montgomery (2010-2012). Marcoux’s research focuses on early colonial interactions between Native Americans, enslaved Africans, and Europeans in the southeastern United States. He has published two books and numerous articles and book chapters exploring the ways that Cherokees, Savannahs, and other Native American groups negotiated the social and political turmoil caused by European colonialism. As part of this work, he recently completed a National Park Service-funded project aimed at locating a battlefield associated with the Yamasee War (ca. 1715). He is currently engaged in a project involving colonial sites in and around Charleston. The project’s goal is to characterize how Native Americans, enslaved Africans, and Europeans materialized their identities through architecture, pottery manufacture, foodways, and other detritus of daily life.