James Madison

Arts & Culture
9:31 am
Thu February 27, 2014

'You Can Never Truly Understand What Happened Centuries Ago': The Slave Cabin Project

Kristin Benson helped rebuild this slave cabin at Montpelier.
Credit Leoneda Inge

There is no official count on how many slave cabins are left standing across the country today.  You might ask,  “Who’s counting?”

Well, the South Carolina-based Slave Dwelling Project is counting and so is the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Archaeologists at James Madison’s Montpelier estate in Virginia set out to locate where slave cabins once stood on its property.  And last week, a group of people helped re-build a part of that history.

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