Java Plantation Life

Java Plantation Life (HM1J7H)

Location: Edgewater, MD 21037 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.355', W 76° 32.929'

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The Songs of Sorrow

By 1840 there were 84 African American slaves on the Java Plantation, a large number for the area. Almost half were children. On a typical day the slaves would rise before dawn, prepare and eat breakfast, feed the livestock, and be in the fields by sunrise. In the fields slaves might hoe, weed, clear new land, pick insects from the tobacco, or harvest the crop. Mothers took their babies into the fields with them, but young children were often left to take care of themselves. By the age of ten they were put to work.
Sunset signaled the end of work in the fields. Other chores had to be done before a slave had free time to spend with family. Music and dance helped form a distinct slave culture while maintaining ties to their African heritage.
"The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart"
Frederick Douglas.
(Inscription under the image in the bottom left) Using native materials African American slaves made banjos and drums that were similar to those they had played in Africa. They also played homemade guitars, flutes, whistles, and horns.
HM NumberHM1J7H
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Date Added Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 365672 N 4305626
Decimal Degrees38.88925000, -76.54881667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.355', W 76° 32.929'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 21.3" N, 76° 32' 55.74" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 450-458 Contees Wharf Rd, Edgewater MD 21037, US
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