[PAST EVENT] Anthropology Brown Bag: "Still, We Speak: An Archaeology of Jesuit-enslaved Ancestors in Maryland"

February 16, 2022
12pm - 1pm
Dr. Laura Masur, crouching with an artifact, Catholic University hat, at archaeological site, blue ski, green field of grass

Dr. Laura Masur, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., will share her research on the archaeology of those enslaved in Maryland. The Society of Jesus was an early investor in the Maryland Colony, and by the time of the American Revolution, was among the colony’s largest landholders and slave owners. Indeed, the Catholic Church in the early American Republic grew from a network of plantation churches established by the Jesuits. Their divestment from slavery, culminating in the sale of 272 individuals in 1838, continues to be a source of institutional scandal and deep trauma for the descendants of Jesuit-enslaved ancestors. Ongoing archaeological research at this system of plantations not only explores their landscape history but provides a place of ancestral encounter. Please email [[jdcarlson]] for Zoom link.