“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Warsaw in Richmond County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Remembrance Structure

The Remembrance Structure Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, July 4, 2021
1. The Remembrance Structure Marker
Descendant Collective Mission:
From 1769 to 1865, Menokin was residence to over 200 enslaved people. From the Lees to the Hardwoods, each family that owned Menokin was dependent on the forced labor of these enslaved men, women, and children to ensure that Menokin remained successful and profitable while also having their personal needs attended to. Slavery was a dehumanizing condition where bodies, minds, and spirits were broken, families were separated and the most basic of human rights were denied to an entire swath of people. Menokin honors the lives and legacies of the people that were so essential to not only its creation but its daily operation. We thank the descendants of the enslaved community for sharing their family's history with us so that we can tell a more complete story of Menokin.

"The Collis Warner Foundation is proud to support the efforts of the Menokin Foundation to explore the history of the enslaved men and women who lived to explore the history of the enslaved men and women who lived and labored at Menokin over its 165-year history. For too long the historic interpretations of Southern
The Remembrance Structure image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, July 4, 2021
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plantations overlooked or minimized the stories and the contributions of these men and women. We hope Menokin's research work can illuminate a fuller history."
— Lisa Collis, the Collis Warner Foundation

The Remembrance Structure
One example of Menokin's method of "dynamic preservation" is the Remembrance Structure, designed by Reid Freeman of REID architecture, and completed in 2018. This pavilion was erected above the archaeological footprint of an 18th-century field slave dwelling.

The structure does not have permanent foundations to allow future research and to not disturb the site. Its wood framing demonstrates the timber-building techniques used at the time the dwelling was originally constructed, and the new structure is wrapped in a translucent agricultural fabric. With the aid of solar lighting, the pavilion allows at night as a memorial to the enslaved residents of the former plantation.

The Remembrance Structure serves as a platform for open conversations about the role that slavery played in early colonial plantations and our nation's pas as well as the legacy in our communities today. The project received Design Merit awards from AIA Virginia in 2018 and from the Society of Registered ARchitects (SARA) of New York in 2019.

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureColonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1769.
Location. 38° 0.41′ N, 76° 47.983′ W. Marker is near Warsaw, Virginia, in Richmond County. Marker can be reached from Menokin Road (Virginia Route 690) 1.8 miles south of Piney Grove Road (Virginia Route 637), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4037 Menokin Rd, Warsaw VA 22572, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Francis Lightfoot Lee's Menokin (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Terraces (approx. Ό mile away); Outbuildings (approx. Ό mile away); Exterior Design (approx. Ό mile away); Menokin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nomini Baptist Meetinghouse (approx. 3.4 miles away); Warsaw (approx. 4.1 miles away); Richmond County Courthouse (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warsaw.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Dec. 2, 2022