Montpelier Slave Descendants Meet

There’s an unusual reunion planned this weekend at the home of James and Dolly Madison.  About forty descendants of slaves will visit from around the nation to help administrators tell the story of enslaved families at Montpelier.

Slaves were the first people to live at Montpelier – clearing the land and building a house in 1723.  Over the next eighty years, the population of enslaved people would rise to 120, yet Education Director Christian Cotz says you wouldn’t know they were there.

“What we see today when we drive up the driveway is that great big, pretty brick house.  What we don’t see are the slave quarters, barns, dairies, stables that supported that one family’s life here.” 

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