“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Watkins Slave Cemetery

Watkins Slave Cemetary Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, December 30, 2003
1. Watkins Slave Cemetary Marker
Inscription.  At this site, anonymously buried slaves were found during road construction in 1960. These unclaimed individuals were associated with the Locust Grove plantation founded by 1848. The remains were reburied at Mt. Tabor Church in nearby Chesterfield. Loss of identity in life and death typified the enslaved African-American population in Maryland prior to the Civil War.
Erected by Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland State Highway Administration.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Historical Trust series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1960.
Location. 38° 57.389′ N, 76° 38.812′ W. Marker is in Davidsonville, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Davidsonville Road (Maryland Route 424) half a mile south of John Hanson Highway (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Davidsonville MD 21035, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker
Mt. Tabor Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, November 5, 2007
2. Mt. Tabor Church
The Mt. Tabor Church, where the remains were reburied, is located at 1421 St. Stephens Church Road in Crownsville, Md.
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, measured as the crow flies. Middle Plantation (approx. 1.1 miles away); Linthicum Walks (approx. 3.2 miles away); Melford and Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Williams Plains (approx. 4.3 miles away); Forest Place (approx. 4.4 miles away); Historic Pin Oak (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sacred Heart Chapel - White Marsh (approx. 4.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 9,090 times since then and 182 times this year. Last updated on March 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1. submitted on October 12, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on November 6, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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