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Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mount Vernon's Slave Memorial

 

—Faith. Hope. Love. —

 
Mount Vernon's Slave Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
1. Mount Vernon's Slave Memorial Marker
Designed in 1983 by a team consisting of ten Howard University Architectural students, led by David Edge.
Inscription. In Memory of the Afro Americans who served as slaves at Mount Vernon
This monument marking their burial ground
 
Erected 1983 by the Mount Vernon Ladies.
 
Location. 38° 42.364′ N, 77° 5.346′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Touch for map. The memorial marker is approximately 18 miles south of Washington, D.C., on the grounds of "George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens" whose main entrance is at the intersection of the George Washington Memorial Parkway and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (VA 235). An entrance fee is required. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon VA 22121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of the Many Faithful Colored Servants (here, next to this marker); Slavery at Mount Vernon (within shouting distance of this marker); Tomb of Washington (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Vault (about 700 feet away); Powel Coach (about 800 feet away); Welcome to Mount Vernon
Memorial over un-marked graves on slave burial ground. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
2. Memorial over un-marked graves on slave burial ground.
Potomac River in background.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Origin of the Purple Heart Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
More about this marker. The marker is accessible via foot trails and is located in a wooded area about 0.3 miles from the estate's entrance, approximately 150 feet south of General Washington's tomb. It is adjacent to an earlier monument to the estate's "Faithful Colored Servants," dedicated in 1929.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. George Washington and Slavery. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Slave Memorial at Mount Vernon. An article about the memorial written by Dr. Judith Saunders-Burton. The article appeared in the Spring 1996 edition "History In Motion" the Gum Springs Historical Society's periodical. (Submitted on December 27, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, USCemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraNotable Places
 
Entrance to Slave Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
3. Entrance to Slave Burial Ground
Viewed from area of the Washingon family tomb.
"Colored Servants" Monument (1929) image. Click for more information.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
4. "Colored Servants" Monument (1929)
Southwest of 1983 memorial.
Click for more information.
"Slavery at Mount Vernon." image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
5. "Slavery at Mount Vernon."
Interpretive signage near Memorial entrance.
Slave Cabin - replication, 2007, south of memorial. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
6. Slave Cabin - replication, 2007, south of memorial.
"Sunrise to Sunset" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
7. "Sunrise to Sunset"
Interpretive signage near slave cabin.
The Mansion House image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
8. The Mansion House
Lawn, Potomac side.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,240 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on December 6, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 21, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 22, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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