George Washington’s Mount Vernon joins Black Women United for Action in remembering the enslaved individuals who lived at Mount Vernon with a program and wreathlaying ceremony at the Slave Memorial. 

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George Washington’s Mount Vernon joins Black Women United for Action in remembering the enslaved individuals who lived at Mount Vernon with a program and wreathlaying ceremony at the Slave Memorial. 

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The Slave Memorial

The Slave Memorial at Mount Vernon was designed by students attending the architectural school at Howard University. It was dedicated and opened to the public on September 21, 1983. A gray, truncated, granite column which represents “life unfinished” is the center of three concentric brick circles. The three steps leading up to the column are inscribed, respectively, “Faith,” “Hope” and “Love” – the virtues that sustained those living in bondage.

The memorial marks the site where both slaves and freed slaves were buried in the 18th and 19th centuries, usually without identifying markers. Among those thought to be buried at the site are William Lee, George Washington’s personal servant during the Revolutionary War, and West Ford, who worked as a manager for the Washington family after the General’s death in 1799. Both Lee and Ford were not enslaved at the time of their deaths.

Slave Memorial at Mount Vernon

The Slave Memorial at Mount Vernon was designed by students attending the architectural school at Howard University. It was dedicated and opened to the public on September 21, 1983.

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