Feeling Spirits from Long Ago in historic Cambridge, Maryland
Historic Cambridge, Maryland is located in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Situated on the mighty Choptank River, Cambridge was originally inhabited by the Choptank Native American tribe. In 1684, wealthy European landowners moved in and built tobacco plantations. This created tension and violence with the Choptank Native American tribe who were ultimately displaced. The plantation owners imported slaves from Africa to work the plantations until 1864 when Maryland end slavery.
Site of slave auctions
In Cambridge you can still find reminders of the slave trade. Slave auctions took place outside the Dorchester County Courthouse. At the top of the hill, under a large tree I discovered a portion of the original slave block. Slaves would’ve stood on the top of the hill while being auctioned off to buyers below. This same area was also used for public executions. While visiting here I could feel the angst and tension as I explored the area. There are still a lot of souls at unrest here.
Slave auction block on grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland
Grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland
Historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland
Grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, site of public executions and slave auction.
The City of Gaithersburg presents an exhibit featuring the photographic works by Jacqueline Quinn LaRocca at The Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg, Maryland from December 13th to January 31, 2014. The public is invited to a free Artists’ Reception on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Jacqueline Quinn LaRocca is a freelance, international photographer who resides in Ellicott City, Maryland. She specializes in black and white and infrared photography. Her work represents her passion for creating fine art photographs of spiritual and historical places and spaces around the globe. Jacqueline states that she strives to visually communicate the feelings she’s experienced at these ethereal places so others may share in her experience. Jacqueline has produced portfolios from her travels to Cambodia, Thailand, Ireland, United Kingdom, and throughout the United States.
Jacqueline’s photographs have been accepted to exhibits at the Maryland Federation for Art in Annapolis, The Quiet Waters Gallery in Annapolis, Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City, and The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park. Additionally, Jacqueline’s photographs have been published in newspapers, travel guides, websites and articles. Jacqueline graduated from the professional photography program at the Washington School of Photography. To view Jacqueline’s work please visit her website http://www.JacquelineLaRocca.com and her photography blog at http://www.laroccablog.com