CSI Testing Reveals Remains Likely That of a Slave
In 2003, the Prince George’s County Police Department was alerted that remains were found on the old Clagett family farm in Upper Marlboro. They were discovered during testing of the land for possible development. The PGPD was brought in to determine if any foul play was involved. Homicide was ruled out. Crime Scene Investigation Division Supervisor Bill Greene and now retired Corporal Richard Lanning immediately went to work to learn more about the remains. Extensive testing revealed the remains are likely those of an African American man born in the 1800s. Ground penetrating radar and archeological investigations also found at least 13 additional sets of remains buried in the area. Evidence suggests that this is likely the site of a cemetery containing the remains of slaves and freemen who lived and worked on the property of Cool Spring Manor which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
On Saturday, Bill Greene, members of the PGPD, the current property owner, a pastor and others will gather to reinter this unidentified man who died more than 100 years ago. Members of the community and the media are encouraged to attend the service.
When: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Clagett House at Cool Spring Manor
17500 Clagett Landing Road
Upper Marlboro, MD
For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.