African-American oral history of the area is completed. The staff continues to work on the documentation of the existing inventory of cultural resources, including MIHP (Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties) Inventory Forms and ESRI ArcGIS storyboard interactive map.
Twenty-one people have been interviewed earlier this year to illuminate and identify previously unknown cultural resources. Documentation of MIHP forms for the seven of the sites are completed. The work on Eastview Plantation Slave Cemetery is ongoing as further archaeological investigation is required. The GIS storyboard is in progress and is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2020.
The Aquasco-Woodville part of the County, always principally agricultural, had the largest ratio of enslaved persons per total population before the Civil War. After emancipation, many members of this large labor force remained in the area to work as tenant farmers, making up a significant percentage of the population. Although several African-American historic and cultural resources have been identified, documented, and in some cases protected with County Historic Site/Resource designations since the 1970s, nine more cultural resources in this category have since been identified.
This project seeks to document these newly identified resources and, combining it with the work already completed, craft a more complete narrative of historic African-American life in the area.
This project will produce:
1. Compilation of African-American oral history of the area.
2. Documentation of the existing inventory of cultural resources, including MIHP (Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties) Inventory Forms where resources exist;
3. ESRI ArcGIS storyboard interactive map to support heritage tourism in southern Prince George’s County.