Secrets of the Dead

The Woman in the Iron Coffin

About the Show

Follow a team of forensic experts as they investigate the preserved remains of a young African American woman from 19th century New York and reveal the little-known story of early America’s free black communities.

Curriculum

Wanda Sykes’s Free Black Ancestors in the 1850s

For Grades 9-12

Free, but not Free: Life of Free Blacks before the Civil War

For Grades 9-12