Last March archeologists at the John Dickinson Plantation in Delaware located the site of a burial ground that holds the remains of enslaved and free Black people who worked and died on the plantation. The historic site is now offering guided visitations to the burial ground.
Visitors to the site will be able to talk with guides about the history of the site, as well as the historical context and archaeological research surrounding this piece of Delaware history. Each guided visitation will be an hour and a half long and include an orientation in the visitor center, a tour of the recreated log’d dwelling, and a mile round-trip walk to the burial ground, which will include a moment of silence. Visitations to the burial ground are a part of the historical site’s larger mission to reconstruct the lives of the Black families who lived and worked on the plantation.
Guided visitations are available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following dates:
Sept. 21, 24, 25 and 28
Oct. 1, 2, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 23, 26 and 29
Nov. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19 and 20
The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs recommends making reservations due to capacity limits. Reservations can be made by calling 302-739-3277.
More information about the African burial ground at the John Dickinson Plantation can be found here.