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Mount Vernon Celebrates Black History Month

Wed, 01/05/2011

For Immediate Release
January 5, 2011
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Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203

Mount Vernon Celebrates Black History Month

Mount Vernon, VA - In observance of Black History Month, February 1 through 28, Mount Vernon interpreters highlight at the slave quarters the lives and contributions of the slaves who built and operated the plantation home of George and Martha Washington. New this year: After years of research, the refurbished slave quarters building is now open. Reproduction clothing, tools, furniture, cookware, ceramics, toys, and personal accessories outfit the space to emphasize the living conditions and experiences of enslaved people as skilled craftsmen, house slaves, and laborers on the Mansion House Farm.

Throughout the month, a daily Slave Life at Mount Vernon tour explores the lives and contributions of the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon.  A wreathlaying and presentation occurs daily at the slave memorial site throughout the month of February.  Black History Month activities are included in regular Estate admission: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children under 5 are admitted free.