“All of Us Would Walk Together” is a digital exhibit about the 19th-century component of Historic St. Mary’s City. In particular, this exhibit examines the transition from slavery to freedom for the African American laborers who lived on the grounds of St. Mary’s Manor from 1840 until the 1950s. St. Mary’s Manor, which is now known as the Brome-Howard Inn, originally sat along the St. Mary’s River, near the current Town Center, and was home to one of the largest plantations in St. Mary’s County’s 1st District. At its height, it was home to almost 60 enslaved African Americans.
This website is made up of two primary components: the first is an informative exhibit, that examines the transition from St. Mary’s City as a colonial city to a diverse plantation, and the life of the slaves and tenant farmers who lived and worked on that plantation from 1840 to 1900. It highlights a variety of historical, archaeological, and architectural resources in order to understand how this transition occurred, and how these changes effected the lives of those who lived in St. Mary’s City. Much of the research focuses on two important buildings: a duplex slave and tenant quarter, and a single quarter.
The second component is a blog that details the process of conducting historical archaeological research. The research on this project is ongoing: headed by Michigan State University PhD Candidate Terry Peterkin Brock, HSMC is currently engaged in artifact analysis, historical research, and preservation efforts in order to preserve the historical, archaeological, and architectural elements of this component of our past. Additionally, HSMC is beginning the process of interpreting the duplex quarter, which still stands, and turning it into a physical exhibit. The blog will serve as a “living” space where the public will be able to see the process of this research and interpretation take shape.
Throughout the website, visitors are encouraged to comment on what they are learning, share their experiences, and tell their stories. Each page on the site is capable of receiving your comments, and we encourage your feedback. Please remember that the research being displayed is still ongoing, and may change. Also, be cognizant that this exhibit covers sensitive topics that, while they exist in the past, still resonate with people in the present: please be considerate of other people’s opinions and experiences when commenting on the pages and posts. For more information, please read our commenting policy.