Jamie L. Brummitt
Protestant Relics: The Politics of Religion & the Art of Mourning in the Early American Republic
Brummitt is a Ph.D. candidate in American Religion at Duke University. Her work examines the material culture of mourning that proliferated after George Washington’s death. Her dissertation asks how and why early Americans produced, distributed, and displayed Washington relics – locks of hair, bones, and images. It traces how mourning for Washington and his relics became central to American Protestantism and politics. It also investigates how Americans’ obsession with Washington relics trickled into Protestant female academies through mourning embroideries. Early Americans engaged relics as powerful objects to understand their roles as political, religious, and gendered citizens.
Recipient of the Amanda and Greg Gregory Fellowship