Archaeologists unearth dark truth about slavery at Jesuit plantation

Oyster shells, animal bones, used pipes, old coins and more found


Archaeologists in Maryland have just unearthed the true history of Newtowne Neck State Park.

Known as a former Jesuit plantation, today there is proof that enslaved people lived there.

“We found three places in three different locations where we believe they lived from at least 1700 till the 1800s,” said MDOT SHA Chief Archaeologist Julie Shablitsky.

Chief Archeologist Julie Shablitsky says excavation units began working in mid-October.

“To be able to find something that rare in this part of Maryland is very exciting for archaeologists,” said Shablitsky.

Since then, they’ve discovered oyster shells, animal bones, used pipes, old coins and more.

On top of that, scientists were also able to pull DNA off some of the items showing where in Africa the enslaved individuals came from.

"This is not just Maryland history, this is my history," said Rev. Dante Eubanks.

“Through my maternal line, I am a Plowden descendent and the Plowden‘s were enslaved here by the Jesuits,” said Rev. Dante Eubanks.

Rev. Dante Eubanks is proud that his ancestors’ stories are finally being told.

“So that their legacy is not only preserved but is shared for generations to come,” said Rev. Dante Eubanks.

“If we don’t know from where we come from we’re not gonna have a vision for the future of where we want to go so it’s very important that we know our history we learn from it we apply it to our present but we use it as a launching pad to our future,” said Rev. Dante Eubanks.