Recovering Identity is a project to study African American history and sites in Frederick County. Phase I produced a context statement and surveyed African American sites in northern Frederick County. Phase II will focus on creating a county-wide historic context study of African American history, collecting oral histories of the African American experience, and building a crowd-sourcing website to locate specific sites throughout the County. The historic context study will be broken down into thematic studies of various aspects of African American history, culture and traditions. This work is possible due to a grant from the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) as part of the Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grant Program.
Recovering Identity will provide critically needed research and become the foundation for long-term preservation planning surrounding African American historic resources within Frederick County. Phase II will guide subsequent phases of intensive surveying and documenting these resources. The project will also focus on developing preservation and interpretation strategies to tell a more complete historic narrative of Frederick County.
The project has just begun Phase II of the Recovering Identity Project in partnership with the Frederick County and the African American Resources Cultural and Heritage Society (AARCH Society). The first phase of this project resulted in the production of 15 Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (MIHP) forms which were submitted to MHT. These may be downloaded and viewed below in portable document format (pdf):