An important step in the restoration of the Pyrrhus Concer homestead in Southampton Village will take place on Saturday, June 4, with the start of a three-day archaeological dig at the site of his home at 51 Pond Lane.
Concer, who lived from 1814 to 1897, was a celebrated African American, who was born a slave, but freed at the age of 18. He became a whaler, traveling on voyages across the Pacific, and later became an entrepreneur in Southampton, operating a ferry service that took passengers from the north end of Agawam Lake to the southern end and back.
An effort was made to preserve his home, but the property was sold to a private owner who demolished the building with plans to replace it with a new one house, before changing his mind and selling it to the village.
The dig is being sponsored by the Concer Action Committee, or PCAC, whose members include Brenda Simmons, Georgette Grier-Key, Lucius Ware, Sally Spanburgh and Tom Edmonds.
The dig will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday. When the work is finished, a report listing the historic artifacts uncovered and new information gleaned from the site will be shared in a report.
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