Archaeology Museum

The USA Archaeology Museum showcases artifacts from the Gulf Coast and covers over 12,000 years of prehistory and history. Artifacts are contextualized using a series of life-size scenic representations depicting archaeologists at work and glimpses into the ways of life of ancient Woodland cultures, mound-building Mississippian peoples, early French settlers, and an African American family after the Civil War.

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Phone: (251) 460-6106


"Unwritten: Archaeology & Oral History of Jim Crow Mobile"

On Exhibit Now Until April 30


Exhibit Info



Upcoming Public Talks

When possible, talks are recorded and available on YouTube @USAArchaeology



"Memory of the Civil Rights Movement in Mobile"


David Messenger, Ph.D.

USA Department of History

Unwritten: Archaeology & Oral History of Jim Crow Mobile Exhibit Spring Speaker Series

4 PM

Wednesday, April 10

Rescheduled due to weather:

3:30 pm, Thursday, April 25


Memory of the Civil Rights Movement in Mobile Flyer Image



"Black History Underground"

Unwritten: Archaeology & Oral History of Jim Crow Mobile Exhibit Spring Speaker Series
Alabama Archaeological Society, Southwest Chapter Monthly Lecture 

3:30 PM

Tuesday, April 30


While cemeteries are important to understanding history, it is the lives of the people buried in them that make them so. They tell us a lot about a particular society, a particular time in history and they whisper of life. If you listen. African American Cemeteries tell us even more. All cemeteries risk being lost to memory when there is no one left to care for them and the land they exist upon becomes a valuable asset to someone. We must care for and continue to document the lives of our deceased ancestors. Lincoln Cemetery and Saint Austin’s Cemetery are two prime examples of this.
This talk will be mostly about what Tracy does as a genealogist regarding African American Cemeteries. She will focus on the Lincoln Cemetery and Saint Austins Cemetery here in Mobile, the lives found there and why they are so important.

Tracy Neely is a native of Mobile. She received her B.A. in English and M.Ed. in Collaborative Teaching from the University of South Alabama. Currently, she provides private, full-time, residential care in her home. She is a direct descendant of the Chastang, Collins, LaFargue, Rabby, and Journee families. She began her genealogical adventure in 1993 to satisfy her curiosity regarding her father’s lineage. In 2011, she created the Facebook group, Mobile, Alabama Creole Connections as a grassroots effort to cull more information about Mobile’s Creole population. Since then, she has volunteered in the Mobile County Probate Court Archives with the late Coll’ette King and increased her momentum in genealogical studies. In 2017, she established and incorporated the Mobile Creole Cultural and Historical Preservation Society (MCCHPS) and began publishing “Mumbo Gumbo: A Journal of Coastal Creole Culture and History” She is a lifetime member of the Jamestowne Society and past Registrar and Librarian for the Needham Bryan Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. She is also the Mobile County Representative for the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance


Black History Underground Flyer Image

Lincoln Cemetery Image Courtesy of Georgeann Ellis.


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