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The team of specialists has discovered several broken clay tobacco pipes, ceramic vessels and other objects that belonged to the slaves.
American archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 300-year-old slave quarter on a historic Jesuit plantation in the state of Maryland, reports St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
The specialists are recoveringobjects used by slaves in the 18th century and buried in farm fields within Newtowne Neck State Park, near a mansion once occupied by Jesuit missionaries.
The team of archaeologists has discovered severalbroken clay tobacco pipes, ceramic glasses and other objects. The specialists use metal detectors to identify the location of cabins and the places where the slaves left evidence of their presence.
«The Jesuits were prolific in keeping their records, but very little has remained of the enslaved African-Americans who worked in the fields and served the Catholic Church."Says Maryland Department of Transportation Chief Archaeologist Julie Schablitsky.
«If there was once a place in Maryland that contains the history of diverse cultures converging to find religious freedom in an environment of conflict, sacrifice and survival, it is here.", has added.
Historical documents mentionthe 1838 sale of 272 Maryland slaves, including those who lived in this mansion, according to a press release. The descendants of these African Americans are found in Maryland and throughout the United States.
Dante Eubanks, a Leonardtown resident, has traced his family's ties to this plantation.
«Being able to be in the exact place where my ancestors lived and suffered is a powerful experience«, Eubanks emphasizes. «We need to remember these stories, they are important to our history and recovery", Add.