Historic Sotterley Plantation located in Southern Maryland about 60 miles south of Washington DC
 

Historic Sotterley, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), public charity organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project

On November 12, 2012 - Sotterley Plantation and the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers ProjectOn November 12, 2012, Sotterley Plantation and the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, along with descendants and community leaders and members, held a remembrance ceremony for those who had their freedom stolen and were transported against their will across the Atlantic from the West Coast of Africa to the Patuxent River. What was to become known as Sotterley Plantation was a landing site for those that survived to a life of struggle in bondage under the slave system in America.

What was to become known as Sotterley Plantation was a landing site for those that survived to a life of struggle in bondage under the slave system in America. Sotterley is one of three such sites in Maryland, along with Baltimore and Annapolis.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
10 am
Historic Sotterley Plantation will hold a ceremony to place a marker remembering those that perished during the Middle Passage on Saturday, November 1, 2014. On this special day, we will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of emancipation in Maryland.
The public is invited to attend this ceremony to remember and honor ancestors.

Please join us at Sotterley on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 10 am, to remember and celebrate ancestors that perished and those that endured to seek their freedom.

Sotterley Plantation is part of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, a non-profit organization that is helping to discover and recognize middle passage sites. Markers are being placed to honor those that died on the middle passage. Sotterley served as a trans-Atlantic arrival site in the early 18thcentury. James Bowles, owner of the then 2,000 acre plantation, was an agent of the Royal African Company. Bowles ordered slaves to be bought along the Gold and Windward Coasts of Africa and shipped to his plantation on the Patuxent River.

On November 1, 1864, slavery was finally abolished in Maryland. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to those in bondage in Maryland, a slave-holding Union state. Emancipation was accomplished by the Maryland State Constitution of 1864, not popular with a large portion of the voting public. But with the final votes of Maryland’s Union soldiers, the state constitution was ratified and 165 years of slavery at Sotterley Plantation came to an end.

 

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MISSION ...

To preserve Sotterley Plantation's historic structures and natural environment and use the powerful stories of our land, lives, and labor to bring American history to life while serving as a cultural resource.  

VISION ...

To foster a better understanding of our world today by providing a living link to America's complex history and legacy of slavery.

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Historic Sotterley Plantation    44300 Sotterley Lane (PO Box 67)    St. Mary’s County    Hollywood, Maryland 20636    officemanager@Sotterley.org    301-373-2280

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