Howard University Students Are Participating in an Archaeological Dig at a Plantation Site That Housed 90 Slaves

Students from Howard University are participating in an archaeological dig at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick, Maryland. Using surface-penetrating radar the National Park Service has located foundations of several buildings that were part of the L'Hermitage Plantation. In 1800 the plantation was home to about 90 slaves, one of the largest groups of enslaved blacks in Maryland at that time.

The Howard University students are working with students from American University, Hood College, and the University of Maryland. The excavations at the site will continue through October.