Safeguarding the Material Culture of Sotterley’s People
Thursday, November 1st Beginning at 4:00 p.m.
On Thursday, November 1st, Historic Sotterley continues the Common Ground Connected Heritage Project: Safeguarding the Material Culture of Sotterley’s People, funded by a Maryland Humanities. The public is invited for a special evening of tours, presentation, and honest dialogue about the changing the narrative.
4:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. Two tours of the 1703 Manor House & original 1830’s Slave Cabin will be offered. Limit: 20 persons per tour.
7:00 p.m. Speaker Series #7: Joe McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project “Sleeping in Slave Dwellings and Changing the Narrative.”
8:00 p.m. Fireside Chat with Joe McGill.
Please call 301-373-2280 for reservations for tours and for the Speaker Series. FREE to the public, but space is limited.
Thanks to The Boeing Company for supporting the Speaker Series at Sotterley for 11 years running and to Maryland Humanities for supporting this event.
The significance of this date: In October 1864, the Union controlled government of Maryland ratified the third of four state constitutions. It abolished slavery in Maryland only with the help of votes from returning Union soldiers. It failed to franchise anyone except white males who pledged loyalty to the Union. Maryland was a border state, along with Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri, which meant they did not secede from the Union but kept slavery. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to Union slave states. On November 1, 1864, 154 years ago, slavery officially ended in Maryland. Many slave owners petitioned the government for compensation for their lost property years after the war ended. With government power shifting to Democratic southern sympathizers, the 1864 constitution was replaced by the present constitution of 1867. Racial discriminatory laws and social practices continued in Maryland. St. Mary’s County, Maryland schools were desegregated in 1968.