Until 1864, most African Americans in St. Mary’s County were enslaved in some form or an other. For those who were not, they labored and lived only one step removed from bondage. These panels examine a number of components of African American life at St. Mary’s Manor, one of the largest plantations in the County’s first district. Owned by Dr. John Mackall Brome, these slaves struggled with their bondage, resisting when it was possible, and seeking opportunities both within and outside the plantation to maintain families, build communities, and build lives.
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