GU272 is dedicated to preserving the memory, commemorating the lives and restoring the honor of the 272 enslaved people sold by the Jesuits of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1838, and others before and after them who were sold as well. As Descendants, we commit to reconciling the enslavement of our ancestors, reconnecting families and renewing ties lost.
This archaeology project is a partnership between the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), the GU 272 Descendants Association, Southern Maryland Heritage Area, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The study proposes to recover archaeological information that will be used to shed light on the lives of enslaved African Americans who lived at Newtown. Click this link to review the proposal In Search of Newtown Manor's African Community_Proposal Final.pdf If you have questions regarding this project please reach out via the "Contact Us" tab.