Maryland Students Dig to Find First Free African American Society

Morgan State University and University of Maryland College Park have combined forces in an archaeological dig that may find the oldest free African American society.
Morgan State University and University of Maryland College Park have combined forces in an archaeological dig that may find the oldest free African American society.

When we saw John Singleton’s “Rosewood”, for a lot of us, it was the first time the nation was privy to the information that there were free African Americans at the turn of the century, who had an organized, wealthy community that flourished.

Now Baltimore, Maryland’s Morgan State University in association with University of Maryland College Park are researching an area of the Eastern Shore that is historically rich with African-American history, in an effort to find a society the researchers believe pre-dates New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, which is presently recorded as the oldest free African American community, according to Madame Noire.

The Treme neighborhood dates back to 1812, but archaelogists and researchers from the schools have noted that this instrumental find will add to the rich history of the Eastern Shore by making this area, that was known as The Hill, the first free African American society predating Treme by at least two decades.

Read more here.  There will be plenty of treasures that will come out of this archaelogical find.

-J.C. Brooks

 

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