Revisiting Josiah Henson's Role in Maryland History.

Author(s): cassandra michaud

Year: 2016


Long overshadowed by and conflated with the fictional story of Uncle Tom's Cabin, the life of Josiah Henson is revisited at the location he was enslaved in suburban Maryland.  Archaeological research on the former plantation has uncovered traces of life on the farm and the 19th century landscape.  This work provides part of the framework for the design of a public museum to be built at the park, dedicated to Henson's life and slavery in Montgomery County.  This paper will discuss the ongoing research and interpretation of this site, as well as on going public education efforts at this National Register property. 

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Revisiting Josiah Henson's Role in Maryland History.. cassandra michaud. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434259)

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 605