I found an extremely intriguing article on NBCNews.com about how archaeologists are currently excavating on Malcolm X’s former home. Malcolm X’s nephew, Rodnell Collins, wanted to fix the house up for tours open to the public, however, the foundation needed to be fixed. This required a lot of digging, which also provided the perfect opportunity for Joseph Bagley and his team to excavate. Although there is countless history about Malcolm X found in history and activist books, Bagley and his team are uncovering things about Malcolm X never found before. They are finding out things about his childhood and family life that no one has published in any books. They even talk about how they are using technology, and how the “geophysics allows the archaeologists to dig less and learn more.”
I just think that the whole idea of excavating Malcolm X’s old house is mind blowing. Even though he lived there not too long ago, just the possibility of finding a crucial detail about Malcolm’s life from the excavation is amazing to me. On top of that, they’re even inviting the public to help out with the excavation as well. This excavation not only allows the house to be renovated for historical tours, but allows the possibility of groundbreaking information about Malcolm X’s life to be discovered as well.
The title of the article is, “Boston Archaeologists Begin Digging Into Malcolm X’s Past,” and was posted on March 29, 2016. If you’re interested, here’s the link. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/boston-archaeologists-begin-digging-malcolm-x-s-past-n547451