Lives Bound Together: Slavery and Freedom in the 19th Century

This page provides resources accompanying the Slavery and Freedom in the 19th Century Galleries in the Lives Bound Together Virtual Exhibit. It contains primary and secondary sources on events occurring after George and Martha Washington's Deaths within the enslaved community at Mount Vernon. Use these resources to aid exhibit exploration, learn more about the system of slavery, and find useful learning materials.

A Community Divided

A Community Divided

After the Washington's deaths, the enslaved population at Mount Vernon was divided as certain family members were freed, while others were kept under bondage.

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