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Preserving African American Heritage In Anne Arundel County

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Anne Arundel County Office of Planning & Zoning
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As time passes and towns grow or shrink, first-hand knowledge about important places fades away. A virtual trail of African-American heritage in Anne Arundel County aims to halt that loss and preserve historical sites from the past four centuries.

Jane Cox, of the county’s Office of Planning and Zoning, tells us about putting the Four Rivers Heritage Trail together. And Lyndra Marshall recounts how they collected oral histories from residents, including memories of businesses, schools, and places of recreation. 

Click here to learn about archaeological research related to Annapolis tab Site#10 and the potential identification of the remains of Smith Price, a freed slave who founded the first African-American church in Anne Arundel County in 1803.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.