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Dig at Eastern Shore site, built by freed slaves, shows it may be U.S.’s oldest black community (Washington Post)

Some were the freed slaves of conscience-stricken Quakers. Others were freed by a sea captain in his will. Still others were freed by a slave midwife who bought freedom for herself and her family. Together, here in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore, they may have given birth to what scholars at the University of Maryland and Morgan State suspect could be the oldest enclave of free African Americans, and possibly the oldest existing black neighborhood, in the country.

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