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Preservation Maryland Receives Grant to Laser Scan Underground Railroad Structures

Preservation Maryland received a $20,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Bartus Trew Providence Grant program. The grant will be used to bring a team of specialists from the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training to the Eastern Shore to conduct architectural scans of historic African-American sites. Preservation Maryland is actively researching possible Underground Railroad, reverse Underground Railroad, and self-emancipation sites for architectural documentation, including cabins, churches, markets, jails, and other structures. The resulting laser scans and architectural drawings will bring the details of the physical legacy of slavery into sharper focus.

Nicholas Redding, Executive Director of Preservation Maryland explained, “As an organization, we are dedicated to telling the full story of Maryland history. We are now taking advantage of all of the latest research and documentation tools so that we can better understand and empathize with the stories of the wrongfully enslaved.” Preservation Maryland selected Mapping the Underground Railroad across Maryland as one of its Six to Fix programs.