Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hermitage Slave Quarters (previously known as Slave Huts, Slave Houses, and Hermitage Slave Houses)

The relocation from a Savannah, Georgia plantation to Greenfield Village of two small slave houses in 1934 was the beginning of Ford's showing of the progress of the American blacks from bondage through their emancipation. The small quarters are typical in size and furnishings of slave houses of the Old South. They are among the few that have been preserved anywhere in the United States.

Most slave houses were made of wood. However, these were made from brick due to the fact that brick making was one of the industries of the Heritage Plantation from which they came.
The exhibit in the Village shows the daily home life of the typical African slave family in this area of the south.



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