Aquasco-Woodville Cultural Resources Inventory
Aquasco-Woodville Cultural Resources Public Presentation will be held virtually on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Register for the virtual Public Presentation event at https://awcri.eventbrite.com
This is an informational presentation on historic African-American cultural resources in the Aquasco and Eagle Harbor areas. The project "Aquasco-Woodville Cultural Resources Inventory" illuminates local history by documenting newly identified historic resources, conducting research, and recording oral history interviews. The history is documented as an interactive storyboard map using new and existing data to support heritage tourism in southern Prince George's County.
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The StoryMap is Live!
You can now explore the oral histories and newly documented properties from this project in the interactive StoryMap available here.
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.
August 9, 2019
|Oral History Interviews||January 2020|
|Research||February - November 2020|
|Story Map||May 25, 2021|
|Public Presentation||July 22, 2021|