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Image of Enslaved Domestic Worker and White Children, South Carolina.JPG
This image depicts an enslaved woman and child with their white owners in South Carolina in 1863.

Evolution of Slave Laws ECGM Omeka.pdf
This document from the “slave holdings” file of Gunston Hall’s archival library describes the evolution of “slave laws” in Virginia from 1619 to 1832.

IMG_20170728_234823_990 (1).jpg
This is a photograph of the front of Gunston Hall. George Mason IV, his family members and friends, as well as his respected visitors would have used the main door framed by the white columns.

Burying Ground.JPG
The burial sites surrounding the red rectangle may contain the graves of enslaved individuals of Gunston Hall, including people who grew up as children on the plantation.

Photo Taken By Dr. Carton.jpg
The ECGM team conducted research inside the Gunston Hall manor with resident expert Rebecca Martin, May 2017.

This inventory lists the medical books in the library of John Mercer (1704-1768), the uncle and tutor of George Mason IV. This originally hand-written document was typed in the 20th century. This originally hand-written document was typed in the…

innoculation letter.pdf
In this letter to John Mason (1766-1849), one of George Mason IV's children, the patriarch of Gunston Hall tells his son that enslaved people on the plantation were inoculated against small pox. This originally hand-written document was typed in…

Mason Letter.pdf
This letter from George Mason IV to Thomas Jefferson, dated July 1788, asks Jefferson to make sure that a man named Captain Fenwick ("Partner of the House in Bourdeaux") bought the right type of clothes for enslaved persons of Gunston Hall. This…

Garden view.png
Pictured in this photograph is a horizon view from the back of the manor. The area containing Mason family gardens in the 1700s extends away from the path lined by dwarf boxwood trees. In the distant left corner of the image is the Potomac River. On…

This photograph depicts the narrow stairs that enslaved people of Gunston Hall were forced to use when moving between the first and second floors of George Mason IV's home.
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