This tool was used to haul salt petre up from a 50' pit. We're not certain of when this cave was mined, or when this was built, but I found on the ceiling above this an 1891 date. The windlass is still in fine working order, preserved by the dryness and moderate termpatures of the cave. The design indicates that it was built in the cave. The handle which would have been used to wind rope and move buckets up and down the pit, was built at an angle so that it would not hit the cave wall.
Lewis Chambers is the only #african#american identified by name known to be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. His marker does not reveal much about his life, not even the date of his death is noted. It is known that Chambers was born in Kent County, Maryland in 1839 and enlisted in the Union Army on September 20, 1864. He fought in a segregated African American regiment from #illinois during the #civilwar.
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