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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 45, November 8, 2020, Article 23

COINS FOUND AT MARYLAND PLANTATION

Dick Hanscom passed along this Daily Mail item about the discovery of coins and other belongings at a Maryland plantation. Thanks. -Editor

coin found at newtown maryland slave quarters Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of 300-year-old slave quarters at Newtown Neck State Park in Maryland that was the location of an 18th-century Jesuit plantation.

The team, along with the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), identified structures of cabins, along with broken clay tobacco pipes, ceramic cups and other signs from those who were enslaved at the plantation.

The artifacts sit 'just a stone's throw' from an 18th century brick manor that was once occupied by Jesuit missionaries and early documentation notes the sale of 272 slaves from the area in 1838 – including those who lived at Newtown Manor.

The money gathered from selling those slaves, which amounts to about $3.3 million in today's dollars, was organized by Georgetown University presidents and used to pay some of the college's debt.

'If there was ever a place in Maryland that holds the story of diverse cultures converging to find religious freedom in an environment of conflict, sacrifice and survival, it is here.'

Archaeologists found the slave quarters were built underground, but were able to identify the cabins because the surrounding soil had not yet eroded, CNN reports.

To read the complete article, see:
Slave quarters dating to the 18th century are unearthed at Jesuit plantation in Maryland revealing remains of cabins, tobacco pipes, coins and other personal belongings (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8910703/Slave-quarters-dating-18th-century-unearthed-Jesuit-plantation-Maryland.html)

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