During this family-friendly book talk, author Carla Killough McClafferty discusses Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon.

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Add to Calendar 04/06/2019 13:00:00 12/31/1969 America/Rio_Branco Carla Killough McClafferty Book Talk

During this family-friendly book talk, author Carla Killough McClafferty discusses Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon.

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Most enslaved people never had an opportunity to learn reading or writing, so they left few written records of their own. By contrast, George Washington wrote many letters and kept meticulous records that reveal the importance of slave labor to Mount Vernon’s operation. They also contain valuable details about the lives of those in bondage on his estate— information that might otherwise be lost forever.

During this hour-long program, Carla Killough McClafferty discusses the six enslaved individuals highlighted in her book, Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. She will also explain how she used primary sources and the work of Mount Vernon's archaeology department to understand their lives. Mount Vernon's archaeology department will present artifacts from the African American Cemetery and a copy of the cemetery survey as part of this presentation.

This program is recommended for ages 10 and up and teachers of any grade.

About the Book

Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon highlights the lives of six enslaved individuals who served the Washington family, including William Lee, Christopher Sheels, Caroline Branham, Peter Hardiman, Oney Judge, and Hercules. Within these stories are details about Frank Lee, Doll, Wilson, Delphy, Richmond and many others. Through their stories, readers glimpse into their daily lives and see how the events in George Washington's life affected them. The author also includes a chapter on the archaeological dig currently underway in Mount Vernon’s Slave Cemetery.

About the Author

Carla Killough McClafferty has traveled to Mount Vernon for research trips many times. She has done extensive primary source research around the estate and in the Fred W. Smith Library. In addition to this book, the author has written other books about George Washington The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon, a biography of Washington that details how the wax figures in the Education Center were created. She has also written A Short Biography of George Washington, which is the companion book to Mount Vernon Historian Mary V. Thompson’s A Short Biography of Martha Washington.

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