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Teasing Out Black History at Locust Grove: A Tea and Talk with Dr. Joy Gleason Carew

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Teasing Out Black History at Locust Grove: A Tea and Talk with Dr. Joy Gleason Carew
Tuesday, March 26, 6:00pm
In the past year, Locust Grove has seen an exponential rise in interest in expanding its stories to include some from those who were enslaved here. Whether called ‘servants’ or ‘slaves,’ there have been as many as 48 people whose service was not voluntary and who were known as property of some member of this household or its extended family. These can be difficult conversations, but at the same time, they can help enrich our understanding of societies such as these. In this day and age, no one can or should try to imagine the construction, function, maintenance, and growth of these southern properties without the often-silenced voices of those hundreds of thousands of African and African descendant people who worked here. Locust Grove may not have had such a large presence, but the enslaved were invaluable. This talk by Dr. Joy Gleason Carew considers the opportunities and challenges of current projects to develop new characters, plus ways to help the costumed interpreters and docents expand the stories of the enslaved at Locust Grove. Tea will follow. Pre-paid reservations required; call 897-9845. Admission $15; $10 for members.