Rebecca Schumann is a PhD. student in the department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is an anthropological archaeologist focusing on the historical archaeology of the colonial and antebellum mid-Atlantic United States. Her research examines the interplay between, law, agency, landscape and the formation and negotiation of identity in free black communities in central and southeastern Virginia during the 18th and early 19th centuries. She is also interested in the relationship between history, social memory, and landscape as it relates to Virginia’s free black communities.