In 1799, George Washington's estate was home to a community of 317 enslaved men, women, and children. Learn about their lives during your visit to Mount Vernon.

Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

This exhibition in the museum explores the personal stories of the people enslaved at Mount Vernon while providing insight into George Washington’s evolving opposition to slavery.

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The Enslaved People of Mount Vernon Tour

Take a free 60-minute guided walking tour that highlights the lives and contributions of the enslaved community who built and operated Mount Vernon. You can also pick up an Enslaved People of Mount Vernon self-guided tour map in the Orientation Center.

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Slave Memorial

The memorial marks the site where enslaved people were buried in the 18th and 19th centuries, usually without identifying markers.

Commemorate the enslaved community at Mount Vernon during our special wreathlaying presentations, offered daily, February - October.


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Slave Quarters

View the reconstructed space that housed many of the enslaved people who worked on Mansion House Farm. Reproduction clothing, tools, furniture, cookware, ceramics, toys, and personal accessories help depict the living conditions and experiences of enslaved people.

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Slave Cabin

Our recreated slave cabin allows you to see how many of Washington's enslaved families lived at Mount Vernon.

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Slave Memorial Commemoration Ceremony


This public event features dramatic readings, performances, and uplifting music in recognition of the sacrifices and contributions of the enslaved community to the early formation of this nation.

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