The Common Ground Initiative
Resiliance, Rememberance, Honor, and Equity
The mission of Historic Sotterley's continuing initiative, Common Ground, is to bring together descendants, the community, and partners to provide education, resources, remembrance, celebrate cultures and aid in healing. This initiative aims to help uncover and eradicate racism and discrimination in all forms, to promote social equality and justice through interpretation of authentic history and its relevance to effect social change, encourage individual and group activism.
Gravesite at Sotterley Ongoing Research
At the height in the 1700's, Sotterley reached almost 7,000 acres. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people walked, lived, and labored on Sotterley land during its history.
We do know that enslaved and free African Americans were buried at Sotterley. Along with primary source from church records, other documents and oral history about the site, confirms that there were African American burial sites on the historic core.
Today, thanks to a Maryland African American Heritage Preservation grant, the site is being scanned and evaluated. When research is complete, interpretive signage will be installed, along with seating.
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Make a gift in honor or memory of one of your ancestors
Name a permanent bench in Historic Sotterley in memory of your ancestor
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