Over the years, Nanny Jack & Co, LLC has consulted with numerous institutions, such as historical societies, museums, colleges, and universities. From 2018-2019, we consulted with the National Park Service on the Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, Maryland, formerly known as the Hampton Plantation to document the lives of the enslaved and their descendants. The project consisted of two modules, explained below.
The first module consisted of historical research, utilizing artifacts from the Nanny Jack & Co Archives, to flesh out the lives of Hampton's enslaved labor, their descendants, and the areas they lived in after emancipation. These areas were not limited solely to East Towson, the community near the plantation, but also included historic Old West Baltimore and the Seton Hill districts. We were also able to highlight the connection to Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, the nation's first degree granting historically black university.
The second module was the oral history component: we interviewed descendants of the formerly enslaved from Hampton about the family lives and experiences growing up.
The importance of oral history was highlighted during the second module; since the completion of this project, two of the interviewees have passed away.
This ethnography project was under the leadership of Dr. Cheryl J. LaRoche, an author, speaker, archaeologist, and historian.
Go to page 257 to read Beyond Hampton's Reach: Seton Hill to Old West Baltimore to Lincoln University.