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Archeological Dig Wraps Up at Historic Parker Academy

“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Clermont Academy ... ”

By Brent Donaldson
NKU Marketing + Communications

They came, they learned, and they unearthed history.

The archaeological dig is now complete at Parker Academy—sometimes referred to as Clermont Academy—which is believed to be the first co-ed, racially integrated school in the United States. The artifacts that NKU students andfaculty discovered at the site will now be cleaned and processed for a future exhibition at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

The dig itself—documented in this video (at right) created by NKU students and faculty from Norse Media—was also history-in-the-making.

“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Clermont Academy,” said Greg Roberts, the academy’s landowner and the village administrator of New Richmond, Ohio. “The students that you see here are the first students to be on this site, learning, in over 120 years.”