The Sugarland Ethno-History Project (SEHP) began in 1995 to document the African American community of Sugarland, founded by freed slaves in Montgomery County Maryland. SEHP promotes and highlights the experience of the African American from slavery to present day. To date the organization has collected more than 1,000+ artifacts and documents- some of which now live in the National African American Museum. Locals will know the lovingly maintained St. Paul Community Church on Sugarland Lane. Though the original church burned down in 1871, the current structure has been standing since 1893. The extensive information on the SEHP site states, "the current structure stands as a testimony and tribute to our heritage and the founding families of the community."
The history of the Sugarland Community is profiled in a new book by the Sugarland Ethno-History Project "I Have Started for Canaan" - read more and buy your copy here.