A Burial Site Reveals the Healing Power of Living Histories

May 15, 2024

Deep in the brush of Seneca Creek State Park in Maryland, a group gathered on a small field to clear overgrown trees and shrubs. They stood together in a circle and read the names of deceased loved ones. Some wept. Others observed in silence. For centuries, the surrounding area has carried the legacy of one of the nation’s oldest free Black communities. The site, itself, on the historic Button Farm, is home to an informal burial ground. It requires a thorough clearing at least once a year — and, this year, there was a formal event, a partnership between Button Farm and the Montgomery County affiliate group of Coming to the Table.

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