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The Common Ground Initiative

Resiliance, Rememberance, Honor, and Equity

The mission of Historic Sotterley’s continuing initiative, Common Ground, is to bring together descendants, community, and partners to provide education, resources, remembrance, and celebrate cultures to aid in healing; 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, while encouraging individual and group activism.

Common Ground 2020 Programming

Now in its third year, Sotterley’s Common Ground programming continues in 2020. The Theme: Transcending Barriers to Common Ground, was developed last year through Sotterley educational development and vetted and approved by an advisory group of scholars, content experts, and community leaders. Always relevant, its necessity is even more acute during this time of multiple crises in our nation.

Event Schedule with links here.  Virtual access.

Transcending Generations Through Story Telling

Aug. 21 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Transcending Narrative and The Art of Healing

Aug. 22 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

UNESCO Day of Remembrance

Aug. 23 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Enslaved Ancestral Research Kenyatta Berry, Genealogist

Sept. 18 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Leveraging DNA in your Research Kenyatta Berry, Genealogist

Sept. 19 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

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Non-Capital Historic Preservation Grant

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), a division of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning),  has awarded ten projects $300,000 in Non-Capital Historic Preservation Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions for FY 2019.

The grants, made available through Maryland General Assembly special funds, support and encourage research, survey, planning, and educational activities involving architectural, archeological, and cultural resources.

The goal of the Non-Capital Grant Program is to identify, document, and preserve buildings, communities, and sites of historical and cultural importance to the State of Maryland.

Archaeology at Historic Sotterley

An archaeological site survey was conducted at Sotterley last year. The survey report will be completed sometime later this summer. Sotterley's archaeological assets are many and reveals life at Sotterley, especially of the African American people that were here in the early 19th century where evidence suggests quarters pre-dating Sotterley's existing cabin. There is documented evidence that African Americans were buried at Sotterley during and after slavery, but more research and archaeological work is needed to confirm grave sites, although it is highly likely there are some. Until confirmation, signage will be placed with maps of testing locations, along with names of people we know were buried at Sotterley, and  seating for reflection will be installed. As more research is done, information will be updated and our community and stakeholders will be consulted.

Maryland African American Heritage Program Grant

The African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) was established by the General Assembly in 2010 to provide capital grants to assist in the preservation of buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland.  The AAHPP is administered as a partnership between the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC).

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Name  a permanent bench in Historic Sotterley in memory of your ancestor 

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