Morgan State Scholar’s Research on What May be the Oldest African American Neighborhood in the U.S.

GreenDaleDale Glenwood Green, an assistant professor of architecture and chair of the Historic Preservation Program at Morgan State University in Baltimore, is conducting research on “The Hill” section of Easton, Maryland, which he believes may be the oldest African American community in the United States. Green and his colleagues from Morgan State and the University of Maryland have conducted a series of archaeological digs in the area and will conduct additional digs this summer at the Bethel AME Church, which was built in 1880, and the Talbot County Women’s Club, the oldest building in the town that was constructed in the 1790s.

Green also found a deed from 1788 which shows a purchase of land in the area by a free African American couple. He believes it may be the oldest record of an African American purchasing property in the United States.

Green is a graduate of Morgan State University and holds a master of architecture degree from the University of Illinois.


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