Archaeological Investigations at the Josiah Henson Park and Museum (NOTE DAY CHANGE)

  • 04 Dec 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sumner School (1201 17th St NW)


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Speaker:  Cassandra Michaud, RPA
Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2019 (NOTE DAY CHANGE)
Location:  Sumner School, 1201 17th St NW, Washington, DC
Time: 7:00 pm
Pre-meeting gathering:  5:30 (see details below; registration is helpful but not required)

About the talk:

This presentation will review the recently-concluded archaeological excavations at the Josiah Henson site in Montgomery County, MD. The site represents the core of the former Riley Plantation, where Josiah Henson and others were enslaved during the first quarter of the 19th century.  Henson was an abolitionist, Freedom Seeker,  minister, UGRR conductor, and model for the main character of the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.  Montgomery Parks is constructing a museum to the life of Rev. Henson and to slavery in Montgomery County, and the presentation will include a preview of the Museum, exhibits, and public interpretation efforts.

About the speaker:

Cassandra Michaud, RPA, is a Senior Archaeologist with the Archaeology Program at M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks and focuses on the stewardship and interpretation of archeological sites on Park land through public involvement.  She has an MA in Archaeological Studies from Boston University and BA in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Before joining Montgomery Parks, she spent almost a decade working as a cultural resource management professional.

ASL interpretation: Contact Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts at least 48 hours prior to the event if you require ASL interpretation or other accommodation for this event.

Before the meeting:  Join the speakers for dinner or snacks from 5:30  - 6:45 pm at the Edgar Bar and Kitchen, Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC (3 minute walk to Sumner School).

Location:  The Sumner School is located at the corner of 17th St and M St NW.  From the Farragut North Metro Station (Red Line), exit onto L St, proceed one block east to 17th St, turn left, then head 2 blocks north.  The entrance to the meeting area is on 17th St through the double doors under the black metal stairway.  Registration is NOT required to attend the meeting, but picture ID Is required for entry to the building.

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