Slavery in Maryland: Facing Our Whole History at Sotterley Plantation (Museums in Strange Places S02 E10)

So much of Maryland was built on the back of enslaved Africans, yet it’s easy to avoid confronting the history of slavery in Maryland’s former plantation country. Historic Sotterley is trying to change that. The plantation was built in 1703 by a man who made his money off the slave trade, and the site was witness to 165 continuous years of slavery. Today, staff and descendants at Sotterley are committed to sharing the site’s whole history and healing the legacy of trauma left by the violence of slavery with the ultimate goal of making their community and their world a better, kinder place. 

This episode is sponsored by Grove History Consulting

Sound effect credits: Revolutionary War weapons, Civil War cannons, Maryland cicadas

Special thank you to Lacey Wilson for reading over my script for accuracy and language use. Follow her on Twitter @LaceyWilson4.

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