Study of the Legacy of Slavery
This program seeks to preserve and promote the vast universe of experiences that have shaped the lives of Maryland's African American population. From the day that Mathias de Sousa and Francisco landed in St. Mary's county aboard the Ark and the Dove in 1634, Black Marylanders have made significant contributions to both the state and nation in the political, economic, agricultural, legal, and domestic arenas. Despite what often seemed like insurmountable odds, Marylanders of Color have adapted, evolved, and prevailed. The Maryland State Archives' Study of the Legacy of Slavery Staff invites researchers to explore all of these elements and more within its numerous source documents, exhibits and interactive online presentations.
Highlights specific collections of materials which provide launching points for in-depth study. For example, a Prince George's County Maryland resident wishing to research their genealogy may decide to explore Volume 365, Searching for Ancestors Who Were Slaves: An Index to the Freedom Records of Prince George's County Maryland, 1808-1869. An individual wishing to explore the Underground Railroad may want to pass through Beneath the Underground Railroad in Maryland, Flight to Freedom, Stories of Flight, Interactive Maps, and Runaway Slave Advertisements. In addition, Legacy of Slavery Research Presentations offer the experienced and novice historian a glance at some of the topics our own Legacy of Slavery staff have broached in seeking to further examine African American life in Maryland.
Legacy of Slavery Research Presentations
African American Landowners in Maryland
Presented by Millington Lockwood
Calender of Maryland's African American History
Presented by John Gartrell
Learning from the Past
Presentd by Kara Carter
Rebel Women On and Off the Plantation
Presented by Maya Davis