Slavery at Mount Vernon
At the time of George Washington’s death, the Mount Vernon estate’s enslaved population consisted of 317 people.
Join in the song while discovering the meaning behind the music during this 60-minute program led by character interpreter Brenda Parker.
Join in the song while discovering the meaning behind the music during this 60-minute program led by character interpreter Brenda Parker.Interpretive Center George Washington's Mount Vernon email@example.com MM/DD/YYYY 15
Mate Masie means, "what I hear, I keep." Throughout history, the enslaved people in North America passed down stories, lessons, and warnings through oral tradition. Song served as a tool for those in bondage to express their faith, carry out their work, and lament their pain. During this program, Brenda Parker serves as the griot, or oral historian, who shares the origins of many songs of the enslaved community and teaches visitors about their daily lives.
Please allow 10-15 minutes to walk to the Interpretive Center.
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