Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, Maryland State Archives

Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, Maryland State Archives The Maryland State Archives' Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland Program seeks to preserve and promote the vast universe of experiences that have shaped the lives of Maryland's African American population.

10/21/2015
msa.maryland.gov

Join us today at 12:00pm, at the Maryland State Archives as our staff presents in this month's Lunch & Learn Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Ryan Cox, Emily Huebner & Allison Seyler will be sharing their research into our current National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant "Documenting Freedom: Certificates of Freedom and Manumissions."

This year-long grant project involves processing and transcribing 111 different record series found in the archives from across the state, and will discuss the new possibilities their work will open for future family history researchers and historians.

For more information, visit the Archive's website at http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/homepage/pdf/lunch_learn2015.pdf

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the Maryland State Archives will be hosting another Brick ...
10/15/2015
State Archives Brick Wall Session October 24th 2015

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the Maryland State Archives will be hosting another Brick Wall Session to help you dig further into family history mysteries!

Visit our website to reserve a twenty-minute time slot with one of our genealogical or archival professionals:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a45aba72aa1fb6-state1

Location: 350 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401 Driving Directions Sign up directions: Read the biographies of genealogists and staff (see below) to choose who you would like to work with. Select a time slot that will work for you. Check the appropriate sign up box and click "Submit and Si…

Back by Popular Demand! The Maryland State Archives will be hosting its 2nd Annual Family History Festival on Saturday, ...
10/05/2015

Back by Popular Demand! The Maryland State Archives will be hosting its 2nd Annual Family History Festival on Saturday, November 7th, 2015. #MSAHistoryFest
Check out our website for more information http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/homepage/html/festival.html

We are featuring great lectures and workshops in our Second Annual Family History Festival! Here is a photographic look back at last year's fabulous events. #familyhistoryfestival

September 29, 2015 marks the 248th anniversary of the ship Lord Ligonier landing at Annapolis carrying Kunta Kinte as pa...
09/29/2015

September 29, 2015 marks the 248th anniversary of the ship Lord Ligonier landing at Annapolis carrying Kunta Kinte as part of a cargo of enslaved Africans. As shared in the best selling book Roots by author Alex Haley, Kunta Kinte’s arrival in America heralds the beginning of his family's challenges, legacy, and courage to overcome obstacles to create a new beginning.

Mr. Haley conducted research for Roots at the Maryland State Archives and found, among other documents, an ad for the slave ship which transported his ancestor from the Gambia. A public remembrance ceremony will be held today at noon at the Kunta Kinte Memorial on Annapolis City Dock, where Chris Haley, Director of the Archives' Study of the Legacy of Slavery Program and direct descendant of Kunta Kinte, will give remarks to commemorate the day. All are welcome!

http://www.annapolis.gov/visitors/african-american-heritage/kunta-kinte-alex-haley-memorial

Check out The Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland team representing in the Bugle Call, the Heart of the Civil War...
09/17/2015
Bugle Call - Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Check out The Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland team representing in the Bugle Call, the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area's blog!

Read runaway slave advertisements paired with their modern day locations and learn about resistance to slavery across Maryland's Heritage Areas.

Pictured here, you'll see a unique French hipped roof barn that would have stood during Francois Arajou's time as a slave at L'Hermitage, on Monocacy National Battlefield. #frederickcounty #landscape #photography #history #emancipation #mdheritageareas #carrollcounty #washingtoncounty

http://www.heartofthecivilwar.org/blog/researching-stories-of-slavery-in-familiar-landscapes

Neither the preliminary announcement released on September 22, 1862, nor the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 freed a single slave in Maryland. Because President Abraham Lincoln’s policy only affected states in rebellion, abolition was delayed in Maryland until a new state constitution w…

Maryland State Archives
08/12/2015

Maryland State Archives

We are happy to share the following press release from the City of Bowie:

Chris Haley, Director of the Legacy of Slavery Study at the Maryland State Archives and a nephew of Alex Haley, will speak on the sensitive subject of slavery and race at nearby Belair Mansion on September 14. Through display of historical documents, provocative images and open discussion, Haley's workshop explores America's ongoing challenge to accept colorblind equality.

The lecture/discussion is FREE. While it is a great session for docents, guides, museums staffs, and teachers, it's a great session for anyone! For those who would like to remain after Chris's talk, feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Tables will be set up, and beverages will also be available. For reservations/ more information, call 301-809-3089 or email: [email protected].

What: "Slavery and Race: The Non-PC Topic" Workshop
When: Monday, September 14, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Drive, Bowie MD 20715

Maryland State Archives
07/31/2015

Maryland State Archives

Thanks to its overwhelming success, the Family History Festival is back! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 7th, for the Maryland State Archives’ Second Annual Family History Festival. Stay tuned for further information. msa.maryland.gov

We are deeply saddened by the passing of researcher, historian, genealogist, adviser and friend, Dr. Agnes Kane Callum.B...
07/28/2015
Agnes K. Callum

We are deeply saddened by the passing of researcher, historian, genealogist, adviser and friend, Dr. Agnes Kane Callum.

Born in St. Mary's County, MD, Dr. Callum has published more than 25 books on African American history and genealogy, some of which are in the reference collection of the Maryland State Archives' library. Among her publications are numerous books and articles, including: Kane- Butler Genealogy; History of a Black Family; The Kane's Sojourn at Sotterley; Kane Family News Notes; 25 volumes of Flower of the Forest a black genealogical journal; Tomb Stone Inscriptions of Mount Calvary Cemetery.

She named her journal Flower of the Forest after the plantation in St. Mary’s County, Maryland where her maternal ancestors lived after Emancipation. It was published annually for 25 years.

She has also published works on the history of U.S. Colored Troops, including, Colored Volunteers of Maryland, 7th Regiment United States Colored Troops 1863 - 1866, Bounty Records of the 9th Regiment United States Colored Troops 1863 - 1866, and History of the 9th Regiment United States Colored Troops Volunteers of Maryland, Civil War 1863 – 1866.

In addition to publishing books on her family history and the history of St. Mary’s and Anne Arundel Counties in Maryland, Callum has written the history of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, the oldest African American Catholic parish in the United States. "A frequent columnist for The Catholic Review, Callum has written about Colonial Maryland and the role played by people of African descent, including Mathias de Sousa, one of nine indentured servants brought by Jesuit missionaries on the Ark when it arrived in St. Mary’s River in March, 1634."

She is a founding member of the Baltimore Afro American Historical Genealogic Society (formerly BAAHGS). This was renamed the “Agnes Kane Callum” chapter in her honor in 2007.

Dr. Callum was recently inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 2014, and is survived by three children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-agnes-callum-20150727-story.html

Agnes Kane Callum, a prominent genealogist who devoted years of research to Maryland's African-American history, died Wednesday at the Green House Residences of complications from Parkinson's disease. The former East Baltimore resident was 90.

Maryland State Archives
07/02/2015

Maryland State Archives

On Friday, July 24, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the Maryland State Archives will be hosting a Brick Wall Session to help you dig further into family history mysteries! Visit our website to reserve a twenty-minute time slot with one of our genealogical or archival professionals: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a45aba72aa1fb6-state

Researcher Emily Huebner will be presenting at the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware Annual Meeting and Program...
04/23/2015
Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware Annual Meeting and Program

Researcher Emily Huebner will be presenting at the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware Annual Meeting and Program - "Stealing Freedom along the Mason-Dixon Line" on Monday, April 27, 2015 at the Camden Friends Meeting House in Camden, Delaware.

Ms. Huebner will be looking at Slavery and Freedom on the Miles River Neck, Talbot County and the Cowgills of Delaware.
The presentation will touch on resistance to slavery through the Underground Railroad and enlistment in the United States Colored Troops, along with investigating the role of the Cowgills, a Quaker family from Delaware.

Event begins at 6:30pm and is free and open to the public
http://www.mdiggins.com/4/post/2015/04/underground-railroad-coalition-of-delaware-annual-meeting-and-program.html

The annual meeting of the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware is scheduled for April 27, 2015 at the Camden Friends Meeting, 122E. Camden-Wyoming Avenue, Camden. The featured program is...

Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, Maryland State Archives Director Chris Haley, will be leading the discussion...
04/02/2015

Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, Maryland State Archives Director Chris Haley, will be leading the discussion:
"How to Talk about Slavery and Race in the Classroom and at your Site" as part of the Four Rivers Heritage Area's "What To Do When" workshop series.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Historic London Town and Gardens from 9:30am until noon, Mr. Haley will lead the workshop, including presentation, Question and Answer, and Round-table discussion sessions devoted to the complexity of talking about slavery and race in the classroom and at historic interpretive sites.

This is a free workshop open to all educators, interpreters, site managers and interested public. Registration required, space is limited.

For more information and to reserve your spot, contact Four Rivers at (410) 222-1805, or email [email protected]

http://fourriversheritage.org/

Honored that Governor Larry Hogan paid us a visit here at the Maryland State Archives to view some unique pieces from ou...
03/25/2015

Honored that Governor Larry Hogan paid us a visit here at the Maryland State Archives to view some unique pieces from our collection.

Lead Research Maya Davis enlightened the Governor with a volume simply named "Ledge A" from the Mary Dodge Collection.

This ledger was an account book kept by an overseer for Edward Lloyd named Aaron Anthony.

Anthony's ledger contains miscellaneous bits of information. One page is dedicated to the birth and death dates of the slaves on Lloyd's plantation in Talbot County. Towards the bottom of that page is a note about one "Frederick Augustus, son of Harriett, Feby. 1818"

This is the only known birth record of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

For more information about the Dodge Collection, and Ledger A, click on the link below
http://speccol.msa.maryland.gov/pages/speccol/collection.aspx?speccol=564

In honor of Maryland Day today and our state's 381st birthday, I paid a visit to the State Archives.

Today I am reminded of those brave first Marylanders, who came to this land seeking freedom and opportunity when the Ark and the Dove landed at St. Clements Island, in what is now St. Mary's County in 1634.

While the challenges facing us today are different, I know that the courage and the spirit of Marylanders is the same.

Happy Maryland Day!

Some of our research archivist will be available to assist with any of your African American Maryland genealogical quest...
03/18/2015

Some of our research archivist will be available to assist with any of your African American Maryland genealogical questions!

For more information, go to the Maryland State Archives website www.msa.maryland.gov

To reserve your spot, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4caead2da3ff2-brick

You asked and we listened! Back by popular demand following our 2014 Family History Festival, we are happy to announce another Brick Wall Session on Saturday, April 18th, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.! Tackle the dead ends in your genealogical research by signing up for a twenty minute session with one of our experienced genealogists and researchers.

To sign up, please visit msa.maryland.gov and click on the link to the sign-up page. Be sure to bring all research relevant to your brick wall topic to your session.

Looking for lunchtime spots following your session? We are located in close walking distance to beautiful historic downtown Annapolis, including local favorites like Galway Bay Irish Restaurant and Pub, Chick & Ruth's Delly, and Rams Head Tavern Annapolis.

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03/11/2015

Thanks to all for helping us reach 500 Likes!

On this day in 1857, Maryland's own & United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney wrote the majority opinio...
03/06/2015
Maryland State Archives, Guide to Special Collections

On this day in 1857, Maryland's own & United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney wrote the majority opinion in the landmark case, Dred Scott vs. Sandford.

In his decision, Chief Justice Taney ruled that Mr. Scott could not sue for his freedom because according to the Constitution, those of African decent were not citizens. Chief Justice Taney also ruled that Congress had no authority to regulate the institution of slavery in federal territories, thus overturning the Missouri Compromise passed by Congress in 1820.

It would not be until the adoption of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution that this ruling would be superseded by Section 1 which granted citizenship to all those "born or naturalized in the United States."

Here at the Maryland State Archives, we hold a Special Collection which contains a number of Taney Family Papers and letters, many of which are penned by Roger B. Taney in regards to his decision in the case.
Courtesy of Historical Society of Frederick County
http://speccol.msa.maryland.gov/pages/speccol/microfilm.aspx?speccol=4201

This information resource of the Maryland State Archives is presented here for fair use in the public domain. When this material is used, in whole or in part, proper citation and credit must be attributed to the Maryland State Archives. PLEASE NOTE: Rights assessment for associated source material i…

Make sure you check out researcher Maya Davis look at abolitionist, orator, minister and educator, Maryland's Native Son...
02/27/2015

Make sure you check out researcher Maya Davis look at abolitionist, orator, minister and educator, Maryland's Native Son Henry Highland Garnet.

Garnet, born into slavery in Kent County on Maryland's Eastern Shore, escapes to New York with his family at the age of 8, and perseveres to become one of the leading abolitionist during the 19th century.

Ms. Davis, will discuss her research utilizing archival documents and historical newspaper accounts to celebrate this extraordinary figure in American history.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Don't forget! On Saturday, February 28th, Maya Davis from the Maryland State Archives will present Native Son: A Documented History of Henry Highland Garnet. 11am at the Chestertown branch. Light refreshments will be served. FREE and open to everyone.

Researcher Ryan Cox will give his presentation at Historic London Town and Gardens on Tuesday, February 24th at 10am.  M...
02/19/2015

Researcher Ryan Cox will give his presentation at Historic London Town and Gardens on Tuesday, February 24th at 10am.

Mr. Cox's lecture will look at the development of the institution of slavery in Maryland using the local government records found in the stacks of the Maryland State Archives.

Can't make it to Londontown, don't worry; The presentation will be broadcast live on YouTube and Google+!

Can't make it to Tuesday's lecture on the African American experience in the Colonial Chesapeake? Join us online instead!

We'll be broadcasting live on YouTube (http://youtu.be/Ij-TVbNNWlc). Or join us on Google+, where you can ask questions in real time: https://plus.google.com/events/c8ms75psmlojan6jp88cfhsrds0.

- Kristen

This year the Maryland State Archives is hosting a series of public programming called Brown Bag Lunch and Learn. Once a...
02/13/2015

This year the Maryland State Archives is hosting a series of public programming called Brown Bag Lunch and Learn. Once a month, the Archives will hold an informal, free talk in their conference room open to the general public where Archives' staff members will share different aspects of their jobs and ongoing projects.

The February talk will be given by Dr. Jean Russo, Archivist and Editor of the Archives of Maryland Online, titled "Finding Nace Butler."

Jean will share a quest that began with a runaway slave ad and simple questions such as: "Which Nace Butler sued for freedom in the 1790s?" "Was this the same man who ran away from slavery in 1786?," and ended with a wall-sized family tree with over 150 branches. Join Jean on a quest that could not have been possible without the resources at the Maryland State Archives. The talk will be held on Wednesday, February 25 at noon.

Feel free to bring both your lunch and any questions you may have! Please email or call Emily Oland Squires to RSVP to this event at [email protected] or 410-260-6443. Please note: a valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building.

http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/homepage/pdf/lunch_learn2015.pdf

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