Echoes of the Enslaved

The Office of Archaeology hosts this annual commemoration to address the lasting legacies of chattel slavery in Prince George’s County. The multi-day event moves to a different historic property managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation each year and highlights themes and research important to that site.

  • 2019: Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park (Public Archaeology)
  • 2020: Montpelier House Museum (Legacies of Enslavement and Colonization)
  • 2021: Marietta House Museum (The Pursuit of Liberty)
  • 2022: Riversdale House Museum (Descendants, Genealogy, and Wellness)

The Echoes of the Enslaved events are held in partnership with The Slave Dwelling Project, a non-profit whose vision is to encourage a “more truthful and inclusive narrative of the history of the nation that honors the contributions of all our people." Joseph McGill, founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, has taken his message of historic preservation and heritage to over 23 states and Washington, D.C., ensuring that the brave stories of enslaved families will be shared with future generations. Each year, Mr. McGill leads facilitated conversation circles at Echoes of the Enslaved where participants discuss the legacies of slavery on this nation.

SAVE THE DATE - 4th Annual Echoes of the Enslaved

September 16 & 17, 2022

Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, MD 20737

This year, Echoes of the Enslaved will focus on descendants, genealogy, health, and wellness. The weekend will include a Friday evening panel discussion and bonfire conversation circles followed by a Saturday festival-like celebration of family and community.

Friday, September 16 – “Conversation”, 6 – 10 pm

Descendants Panel Discussion, 6 pm
Featuring Tina Wyatt (a descendant of Harriet Tubman), Rev. Jerome Plummer-Fowler (a descendant of an individual enslaved at Riversdale), and Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither (noted documentary story quilter). Moderated by Joe McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project.

Bonfire conversation circles, 8 pm
Facilitated discussions focusing on the long-term impacts of chattel slavery in the United States.

FREE; Pre-registration required. Registration will open July 1, 2022.
Register through Parks Direct!

Saturday, September 17 – “Celebration”, 12 noon-4 pm

Honor the enslaved ancestors with a day of family history, wellness, and community engagement. All are welcome at this interactive event featuring archaeology, music, food, and connection.

FREE; No registration required

For more information, contact: OR; or call 301-864-0420


Echoes of the Enslaved Conversations & Archaeology

A man and a girl holding a small object at an archaeological dig site
A crowd of people watching a panel discussion underneath a large tent
A group of people in camping gear sitting around a campfire at night
Five people in conversation at an outdoor archaeological dig site
Four panelists sitting on stage with mics and speakers under a tent
A large yellow tent setup outdoors in the evening
Small rock-like archaeological artifacts in a container with a mesh metal bottom
Two young women with shovels digging at an archaeological site
A young girl in a pink shirt under a tent at an archaeological dig site
A woman in a crowd speaking into a microphone at an panel event
Three people outdoors sitting in camping chairs at night
A woman sitting in a camping chair outside at night
A group of people in folding chairs around an outdoor fire pit at night
Two seated men in conversation on stage outside
A crowd of people sitting outside on a brick patio listening and watching a panel discussion