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Finding a hidden Africa in 1780s Maryland orangery


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« on: February 19, 2011, 02:54:46 am »

Lloyd’s Descendants

The Orangery remains active today, maintained by descendants of Edward Lloyd IV, who first started construction on it even before the Revolutionary War.   The excavation was launched at the request of the family, and preceded structural work to maintain the building.

“I’m committed to preserving the history of this building and the entire estate,” says Mrs. R.C. Tilghman, an 11th generation descendant of Lloyd. “This land has always been a part of my life, and its preservation comes as a duty.”

The Tilghmans had permitted Leone to conduct an earlier series of excavations on the property, which uncovered slave quarters and other buildings.
The Archaeology of Slavery and Maryland University

Three of Leone’s graduate students, Matthew Cochran, Stephanie Duensing, and John Blair, conducted the Orangery excavation.

For the past three decades, Leone has focused much of his work in nearby Annapolis, launching the Archaeology in Annapolis programme. “We’ve rewritten Maryland history in a number of cases by unearthing the activities of African Americans,” he reflects. “The formative years of Maryland’s history were shaped by a blending of European and African culture, and this helps us understand our modern experience.”
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