St. Mary’s College of Maryland unveils memorial to enslaved people on its campus

The discovery by anthropology professor Julia King and her students came just months after Jordan was informed by the school’s archivist that St. Mary’s College, which was founded in 1840, had once owned enslaved people. The news was heartbreaking, said Jordan, who is Black and has led the college since 2014.

“The history of St. Mary’s College has always been very forward-thinking and relatively progressive and somehow, in my heart of hearts, I had hoped we had no hand in slavery,” Jordan said in an interview Thursday. “When I discovered that, I was sad and depressed.”

After the artifacts, including clay pipes and broken pottery, were uncovered, Jordan said she immediately knew she wanted to do something to honor these individuals whose existence had long been covered by dirt and hidden from history’s lens.

She began working with administrators, professors and students as well as residents and government officials of historic St. Mary’s City and nearby communities to agree on a suitable memorial project to pay tribute to the people who had lived and toiled in captivity all their lives. The fruit of that four-year-long effort was realized Saturday morning when the college unveiled “From Absence to Presence: The Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland.”

The memorial, which takes the form of an enclosed cabin on which poetry and the names of enslaved people are cut through metal panels, sits on the soil where the artifacts were found. At night, a light inside the cabin spills the words and names onto the surrounding lawn, an ethereal effect that allows the stories of these lost lives to finally emerge from the shadows. Behind the cabin are the new stadium and sports fields whose site was relocated after the discovery was made.

In Saturday’s virtual ceremony hosted on the school’s website, students, school officials, local community leaders and politicians spoke about the project and their hopes that it will be a fertile site for reflection and resolve. Writer and historian Jelani Cobb delivered the keynote address.

The project honors “the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and “provides a new and meaningful way for Marylanders to learn about the complex legacy of slavery in our state.”

The speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Adrienne A. Jones, U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and U.S. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, all Democrats, also delivered remarks. All but $50,000 of the project’s $550,000 cost was paid for by the state of Maryland.

Baltimore Mayor-elect Brandon Scott, a 2006 graduate of the school, said having the memorial at St. Mary’s is part of a much broader effort that America needs to engage in to address its past.

“We are still dealing with the fallout of enslavement of my ancestors, the trauma that is passed down through generations,” Scott said in his remarks. The memorial can help provide “understanding that the situations that African Americans live in today’s United States of

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University of Hartford men’s basketball unveils America East schedule; will play 18 league games, starting Dec. 19

The University of Hartford will play 18 conference games in the America East this winter starting Dec. 19 at home against Maine, the school announced on Monday.

a person standing in front of a crowd: University of Hartford Hawks head coach John Gallagher talks to a referee during the second half.

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University of Hartford Hawks head coach John Gallagher talks to a referee during the second half.

The Hawks’ league slate will pit them against nine conference foes. Each school will play each other in back-to-back games at the same location, with Hartford hosting Maine on Dec. 19-20.

The start time for each game has yet to be decided. The full league schedule is as follows:

Home vs. Maine, Dec. 19-20

At New Hampshire, Dec. 27-28

Home vs. Binghamton, Jan. 2-3

At UMass Lowell, Jan. 8-10

At University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Jan. 16-17

Home vs. Vermont, Jan. 23-24

Home vs. New Jersey Institute of Technology, Jan. 30-32

At Stony Brook, Feb. 18-19

Home vs. Albany, Feb. 27-28

Hartford, which finished with an 18-15 record, advanced to the America East championship game last spring, before it was canceled due to COVID-19. Information regarding the 2021 America East tournament will be released at a later time.

All Hartford home and league games will be aired on ESPN3 or ESPN-Plus.

Shawn McFarland can be reached at [email protected]


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NASA unveils rare photo of metal asteroid valued at $10,000 quadrillion

NASA unveiled an artist’s rendition of rare photos of an asteroid valued at $10,000 quadrillion.

The asteroid named “16 Psyche” measures an average diameter of about 140 miles (226 kilometers), according to NASA Science, and scientists have speculated that it is made up of mostly metallic iron and nickel, much like Earth’s core.

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NASA plans to take a closer look at the one-of-kind object many think is worth more than the global economy in a mission set to launch in August 2022 and arrive at the asteroid in early 2026.

“The Psyche mission will be the first mission to investigate a world of metal rather than of rock and ice,” the NASA Science post said. “Psyche offers a unique window into the violent history of collisions and accretion that created terrestrial planets.”

Twitter fans were quick to share their thoughts on the asteroid.

NASA’s goal on this mission, among other items, will be to determine if Psyche really is the “core of a planet-size object.”

Psyche was originally discovered on March 17, 1852, by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis.

According to Jamie Carter with, the study by the Hubble Space Telescope shows Psyche as “one of the most massive objects in the Solar System’s main asteroid belt orbiting between Mars and Jupiter.”

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