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Slave Dwelling Project @ Belle Grove
November 9 @ 10:00 am - November 10 @ 9:00 am| FREE
Belle Grove and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park are again planning an “Inalienable Rights: Free and Enslaved Blacks Crafting a Life in the Shenandoah Valley” event for Saturday, November 9 at Belle Grove and would like to invite LFCC to participate again (they are reserving 16 spaces for LFCC students!). There would be free talks and programs during the day from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and then we will have a private overnight program including a hearth cooked meal and discussions with Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project followed by breakfast in the morning.
While Belle Grove’s slave quarters are long gone, the legacy of the 276 individuals enslaved at Belle Grove is not. Extensive research is underway to learn about the men, women and children owned by the Hite family here between 1783-1851. The lower level of the Manor House is one space where the enslaved worked and may have slept. The Slave Dwelling Project was founded to bring attention and preservation to the spaces where the enslaved lived and worked. Being in Belle Grove’s Manor House, and sleeping on its floor, is a way to connect with the experience of the enslaved here and honors their lives. We welcome you to join this ongoing process of discovery and conversation.
Reserve your space HERE by SEPTEMBER 9!
Questions? Contact Kristin Iden at [email protected] or (540) 869-0760.