Monday, May 24, 2010

Why are the Slave Quarters important?


“We lived in a kitchen, a room in a log house joined on to the master’s house.”

Sarah Graves, A Missouri Slave


"I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.

I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.

And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant." -- H.L. Mencken


Why are the Slave Quarters important?

.......George Washington's Presidential House (PA.) The Slave Quarters stands as a commemorative location used exclusively by the enslaved at the beginning of Washington's residence at the President's House. It is in this place we can commemorate the lives, dignity, fears, and struggles of the enslaved of African descent, in the context of power and unpower, of freedom and unfreedom in the making of our nation.

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