Governor Larry Hogan Meets with Piscataway Leadership and St. Mary’s College Students
Part of a Three-Day Trip to Southern Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Larry Hogan today met with members of the Piscataway Indian Nation and the Piscataway Conoy Tribe; Tuajuanda C. Jordan, president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and anthropology and history students from the college who are documenting and collecting data on the historical sites of the Piscataways, one of the six indigenous tribes of Maryland. St. Mary’s College recently received a grant from the National Park Service to document five archaeological sites especially significant to Piscataway Indian history and culture. These sites are in Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties.
“St. Mary’s College is one of Maryland’s premier institutions of higher education and the work these students and Piscataway leaders are doing is very important and deserves our praise,” said Governor Hogan. “Their efforts will go a long way to help preserve and protect the rich culture and history of the Piscataway people and our great state.”
Under the leadership of Julia A. King, professor of anthropology, students shared with Governor Hogan the lessons they’ve learned from their research, as well as exhibits they’ve created, including one that explores the arrival of British nobleman and future governor of Maryland, Charles Calvert, as seen through the eyes of the Piscataway people.
The students uncovered a copper ring with the initials “CC” at Zekiah Fort, a fortified Piscataway Indian settlement in Charles County. The ring is believed to represent Governor Charles Calvert’s friendship with the Piscataways, and dates back to the 1680s.
As a token of appreciation, members of the Piscataway people presented Governor Hogan with a gift—an engraved disk of a deer antler on a string of wampum. Wampum is a shell prized by American Indians living on the East Coast, and was a form of currency in historical times.