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Property Name Boxwood Plantation Slave Quarter
Reference Number 13000470
State Alabama
County Lawrence
Town Courtland
Street Address 20416 Alabama Highway 20
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/10/2013
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The Boxwood Plantation Slave Quarter has statewide significance under Criterion A: Ethnic Heritage: Black and Criterion C: Architecture as one of the very few extant slave quarters remaining in Alabama. It is also a rare surviving example in Alabama of raised plate construction which is an architectural vestige of the Chesapeake area. Boxwood's period of significance extends from c. 1854, its construction date, to 1865, the year that slavery ended with the Union victory in the Civil War. The area immediately surrounding the Boxwood Slave Quarter is locally significant under Criterion D: Archaeology. While no formal archaeological survey has been made of this property, the potential for subsurface remains is high. Archaeological testing in front of a contemporaneous slave house at the nearby Pond Spring plantation, for example, has yielded significant material culture remains that have yielded significant information useful in interpreting the site.


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