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Lost Legacy: The Untold Story of Slave Labor at Catoctin Furnace
  • November 1, 2019
  • Myersville Town Hall
  • 301 Main Street, Myersville, MD 21773
  • 301-926-4613
  • 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Free

    Nearly four decades ago, a project to expand Route 15 in northern Frederick County resulted in the excavation of thirty-five unmarked graves at Catoctin Furnace, south of Thurmont, Maryland. Initial analysis identified the remains as Africans or African-Americans associated with the 18th and early 19th century operation of the Catoctin Furnace ironworks. Additional research has enabled us to learn about the life histories of these individuals and their involvement in furnace operations. Through DNA, genealogical research, oral history, and online databases such as 23andme, and GEDmatch, the search continues for the descendant population of the enslaved workers to reunite them with their lost heritage and legacy, thus restoring identity to people and place. Speaker, archeologist Elizabeth Comer, will bring to life the history of Catoctin Furnace and the long-lost stories of these laborers and their families.