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Missing Persons

Rare stone slave quarters unearthed at Belvoir

Rare stone slave quarters unearthed at Belvoir

Janice Hayes-Williams held a shard of a plate at the slave quarters archaeological dig at Belvoir, the site of an 18th-century plantation in Crownsville. 'Oh, my, I found another one," said the historian, an Annapolis resident. Hayes-Williams was having a fruitful first day volunteering at the dig, carefully scraping and brushing thin layers of earth around a hearth in what was once a 34-by-34-foot structure that housed slaves — unusually big for slave quarters. The property, now owned by the Rockbridge Academy, a private Christian school, had been occupied by a cross section of people over the last 300 years — the landed gentry, indentured servants, slaves,...