The List of Names: Who was Who at St. Mary’s Manor?

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in History | No Comments
The List of Names: Who was Who at St. Mary’s Manor?

One of the central documents that has been used to learn about the enslaved African Americans who lived at St. Mary’s Manor was a list compiled by Dr. Brome in 1867. While his slaves had been freed by this point, and the Civil War was over, there was still plenty of confusion and discontent among […]

Welcome to “All of us Would Walk Together,” a Digital Exhibit

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Archaeology, History, Preservation | One Comment
Welcome to “All of us Would Walk Together,” a Digital Exhibit

In 2008, still in the early stages of researching the history of African Americans who had lived at St. Mary’s City during the 19th century, I was alerted by my colleagues about an oral history that had been conducted by Merideth Taylor, a professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, with a woman named Emma […]

What can you learn from a runaway slave?

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Archaeology, History | One Comment
What can you learn from a runaway slave?

Old newspapers are one of the most useful pieces of historical information for both historians and archaeologists. For historians, they can reveal not only a chronological account of what happened in a certain region, but it also gives  a glimpse into the mindset of those who lived there: discussions about politics and the actions taken […]