Echoes of the Enslaved

Since 2019, the Office of Archaeology has been hosting this unique, two-day commemoration which highlights decades of archaeological discoveries and addresses the lasting legacies of chattel slavery in Prince George’s County.

The Echoes of the Enslaved events are in partnership with The Slave Dwelling Project, a non-profit whose vision is to encourage a “more truthful and inclusive narrative of the history of the nation that honors the contributions of all our people." Joseph McGill, founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, has taken his message of historic preservation and heritage to over 23 states and Washington, D.C., ensuring that the places where enslaved families lived and passed on their culture will be here for future generations.

These unique two-day events have panel discussions, conversations circles where we discuss topics related to lasting legacies of chattel slavery, public archaeological experiences, and overnight camping at the sites where enslaved ancestors once lived. Be sure to explore this year's events, as well as the photos and videos from years past. 


Echoes of the Enslaved Conversations & Archaeology

A man and a girl holding a small object at an archaeological dig site
A crowd of people watching a panel discussion underneath a large tent
A group of people in camping gear sitting around a campfire at night
Five people in conversation at an outdoor archaeological dig site
Four panelists sitting on stage with mics and speakers under a tent
A large yellow tent setup outdoors in the evening
Small rock-like archaeological artifacts in a container with a mesh metal bottom
Two young women with shovels digging at an archaeological site
A young girl in a pink shirt under a tent at an archaeological dig site
A woman in a crowd speaking into a microphone at an panel event
Three people outdoors sitting in camping chairs at night
A woman sitting in a camping chair outside at night

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