"I know that my Bennett ancestors were slaves to the Jesuits...": Interviews with descendants in Maryland from Louis Diggs' Surviving in America.

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Title

"I know that my Bennett ancestors were slaves to the Jesuits...": Interviews with descendants in Maryland from Louis Diggs' Surviving in America.

Subject

Descendants; Woodstock College

Description

Chapter two of Louis Diggs, Surviving in America: Histories of 7 Black Communities in Baltimore County, Maryland (Uptown Press, 2002), includes fascinating interviews with African Americans in Granite, Maryland, including several descended from people who were owned by the Maryland Jesuits and remained in Maryland after 1838. Many African Americans in Granite worked at Woodstock College, a Jesuit seminary that opened after the Civil War. The interviews with Miriam Dorsey (pp. 83-89) and Marva Bennett Kelly (pp. 94-98), in particular, reveal knowledge of their family history and long relationship with the Jesuits, as well as the conditions of life in and around Woodstock College. Their reminiscences of Gabriel and Daniel Bennett are especially interesting.

pp. 53-55: History of the African American Community in Granite, Maryland
pp. 56-59: History of the African American Churches in Granite
pp. 60-61: History of the African American School in Granite
pp. 62-66: Remembrances of Rev. Annie Lumpkins Thomas
pp. 67-75: Remembrances of Christine White Washington
pp. 76-80: Remembrances of Mrs. Josephine Jackson Tyler
pp. 81-83: Remembrances of Mrs. Beverly Griffith
pp. 83-89: Remembrances of Mrs. Miriam Sorsey and her sister, Mrs. Carmelita Ferguson
pp. 90-93: Remembrances of Mr. William Elijah Griggs
pp. 94-98: Remembrances of Marva Bennett Kelly
pp. 98-99: Photographs of the Thompson family

Mr. Louis Diggs is a historian, veteran, and retired DC public school teacher. He is the author of several books on Maryland's African-American history, and the President of the Diggs Johnson Museum in Woodstock, Md. Mr. Diggs did postgraduate work at Georgetown.

This chapter is made available on the Georgetown Slavery Archive with the generous permission of Mr. Diggs. 



Creator

Louis Diggs

Source

Louis Diggs, Surviving in America: Histories of 7 Black Communities in Baltimore County, Maryland (Uptown Press, 2002

Publisher

Georgetown Slavery Archive

Contributor

Louis Diggs, Adam Rothman

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Louis Diggs

Format

Book chapter

Language

English

Type

Book chapter

Identifier

GSA52

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Citation

Louis Diggs, “"I know that my Bennett ancestors were slaves to the Jesuits...": Interviews with descendants in Maryland from Louis Diggs' Surviving in America.,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed May 27, 2017, http://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/60.

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