Slaves’ possessions unearthed from an 18th-century plantation greenhouse: Scientific American Gallery   Leave a comment

Frederick Douglass

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In 1785, as an unknown African slave built the furnace for a plantation‘s greenhouse, he packed in this prehistoric pestle among the bricks. The object is a West African spirit practice symbol, University of Maryland archeologist Mark Leone said in a prepared statement. University of Maryland archeologists are excavating the grounds of the Wye House outside of Annapolis, Maryland. The house is known for its beauty—and for being a plantation where abolitionist Frederick Douglass was enslaved as a boy in the 1820s. The house and garden, where the greenhouse stands, appear in Douglass’ autobiography: “Colonel Lloyd kept a large and finely cultivated garden, which afforded almost constant employment for four men,” he wrote. “To describe the wealth of Colonel Lloyd would be almost equal to describing the riches of Job.”

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Posted February 15, 2011 by dmacc502 in culture, History, science, social

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