All proceeds from the unveiling will be used to fund the completion of the Museum of the Ironworker and provide display space for these world-class exhibits. In 1979, the construction of a new highway uncovered the graves of 35 individuals interred in the Catoctin Furnace African American Cemetery during the late 1700s and early 1800s. Forensic facial reconstruction was used to bring two of these individuals back to life: one an African American woman aged 30 to 35 years and the other a male of 15 or 16 years. DNA tests and reconstruction reveal not only how they appeared in life but tell the story of the harsh existence and physical challenges they endured. We believe that every life mattered, and every past matters now; by studying and disseminating the results of this research, we hope that people everywhere will get to meet these early workers and understand the critical roles they played in the development of Maryland and the nation.
Preservation Maryland is a proud sponsor of this event.