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Slammin' Joe on 18th Century Culture
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Slammin Joe on the Revolution
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Slammin Joe on Slavery
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Sit Down Servant, Sit Down
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George Washington's Views on Slavery
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Caroline at the Hearth
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Ceramic Findings in the Slave Quarter
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Deep River performed by Brenda Parker #shorts

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Recorded by Paul Robeson (Athlete, Singer, Actor, Lawyer, Activist)
Performed by Brenda Parker (Character Interpreter & African American Special Programs Coordinator)

This song speaks to the promise of heaven as a place of rest. Heaven, here, is referred to as the “campground” just beyond the River Jordan. The River Jordan is often used as a location of ancestral connection, a place to return to one’s homeland. The verses invite the listener to join in a “great gospel feast.” Classified by some as a song of sorrow, it still has notes of encouragement.

African American spirituals and hymns are a vital part of American history and culture. These songs, many with undocumented origins and authors, did not begin to be collected until after the Civil War. Used to communicate and tell stories of tribulations and triumphs, they helped the enslaved endure lives of bondage. Spirituals had religious origins, often containing messages of hope or heavenly rewards. Once "freed” however, many of these same songs would evolve into gospel, blues, R&B, jazz, hip hop, rap, and other genres we enjoy today.

There is no documentation of these spirituals being sung at Mount Vernon, but music was surely shared among the generations of people held in bondage here.

Learn more about the lives of the enslaved at Mount Vernon here: www.MountVernon.org/slavery

Slavery At Mount Vernon
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0:30
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35:06
Livestream with Frank Lee
Slavery At Mount Vernon
4
1:04:27
The History of the Syphax Family
Slavery At Mount Vernon
5
55:33
Freedom Skies: A Juneteenth Celebration
Slavery At Mount Vernon
6
4:27
The Life of Penny: An Enslaved Girl
Slavery At Mount Vernon
8
4:24
The Life of Doll: Women of Mount Vernon
Slavery At Mount Vernon
9
1:45
11
2:19
14
3:34
17
3:24
18
4:56
Why Did George Washington Have Slaves?
Slavery At Mount Vernon
20
1:17
Fishing at George Washington's Farm
Slavery At Mount Vernon
22
3:01
23
2:44
Why Did George Washington Have Slaves?
Slavery At Mount Vernon
24
29:59
25
8:44
George Washington's Will
Slavery At Mount Vernon
26
16:53
27
5:34
Compilation of Enslaved Worker Songs
Slavery At Mount Vernon
28
1:22
Enslaved Worker Song: Hoe Emma Hoe
Slavery At Mount Vernon
29
2:18
30
1:35
Enslaved Worker Songs: "Funga Alafia"
Slavery At Mount Vernon
31
2:18
Servants’ Hall
Slavery At Mount Vernon
37
18:09
Washington and Slavery
Slavery At Mount Vernon
38
2:34
39
3:29
40
9:53
Slave Memorial Ceremony (Full)
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44:04
Slavery at Mount Vernon
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3:01
Slavery at Mount Vernon
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4:30
Slave Memorial Ceremony Introduction
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1:05
Slave Memorial Ceremony (Dedication)
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3:49
Slave Memorial Ceremony
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5:08
Slave Life at Mount Vernon
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4:30
Slammin' Joe on 18th Century Culture
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2:20
Slammin Joe on the Revolution
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4:31
Slammin Joe on Slavery
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2:18
Sit Down Servant, Sit Down
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3:48
George Washington's Views on Slavery
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1:13
Caroline at the Hearth
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1:53
Ceramic Findings in the Slave Quarter
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1:18
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2:09
Archaeology of the Slave Quarters
Slavery At Mount Vernon