Gov. Wes Moore on Tuesday joined local, state and federal partners at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Dorchester County to announce the discovery of a home where enslaved people lived on the Thompson Farm, the birthplace of Harriet Tubman.
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Beneath layers of soil, archaeologists uncovered a substantial brick building foundation of the home., and also a West African spirit cache, including:
Enslaved people are believed to have placed the cache in front of the home’s fireplace to protect the occupants from negative spirits.
“Harriet Tubman’s birthplace is sacred ground, and this discovery is part of our ongoing commitment to preserve the legacy of those who lived here,” said Gov. Moore. “The find reveals untold stories of the past that help us both understand the history we share and inspire us to make a better future.”
“This fascinating discovery adds another chapter to the incredible story of Harriet Tubman, a Marylander who led a life in pursuit of freedom for herself and others,” said Maryland Department of Transportation Acting Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld. “I’m proud of the dedicated work of our archaeologists; their efforts reflect our commitment to preserve and protect the heritage of Maryland’s communities.”
The findings will soon be on display at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. Here's what to know about visiting the center:
The visitor center is honoring the famed abolitionist with a series of events on Saturdays in February during Black History Month. Learn more about the programs here.
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