Digging in parking lot unearths
examination of the B1 parking lot on Jefferson Park Avenue has
not turned up any evidence of intact cultural deposits, according
to archaeologist Benjamin P. Ford. sHe was called in to conduct
the study in anticipation of future construction there.
to historical records, William Preston and James Johnson acquired
two one-acre lots in 1868, and their families lived there until
the mid-1890s, when smaller lots were sold off to other African
Americans. Throughout the 19th century, this neighborhood was
referred to as Canada by its residents and neighbors.
Eventually a few lots were sold to white owners after the turn
of the century. The houses were torn down in the late 1960s and
the B1 lot was built in 1976, Ford said. Bulldozers grading the
surface stripped some of the land down to bedrock, wiping out
much of what would have been left.