BERLIN, Md–A group of historians are following the footsteps of slaves that once lived in Worcester County. 

A new exhibit showcasing the lives of the enslaved is open near Assateague. It’s a local story that’s being told by historian Dr. Ray Thompson. The Rackliffe House itself says it was missing a big part, the vital role that African Americans played. 

“We have tried using records, diaries, public records, as well as private archaeological information to tell the story in an honest and complete way,” says Dr. Thompson. 

The exhibition showcases the time from the colonial period until about 1870. It shows pieces of tools slaves used. It also showcases photographs of slaves like Mahalia Ayres, who historians believe was born on the Rackliffe plantation. 

Dr. Thompson says not much attention has been given to slave life in Worcester County, but he’s hoping to change that moving forward. 

“We all know of Harriet Tubman in Dorchester County. Frederick Douglas in Talbot County. but we don’t really know what was happening here on the seaside and now we know.”

Following the footsteps of slaves with an eye opening exhibit.

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