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

In Memory of the Many Faithful Colored Servants

of the Washington Family

 
 
Colored Servants Memorial (1929) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
1. Colored Servants Memorial (1929)
Inscription. Buried at Mount Vernon from 1760 to 1860. Their unidentified graves surround this spot.
 
Erected 1929 by the Mount Vernon Ladies Society.
 
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. Mount Vernon's Slave Memorial (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
Slave Burial Area image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
2. Slave Burial Area
Interpretive signage near marker.
(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 a more elaborate, upright monument to the estate's "Afro-American slaves" that was dedicated in 1983.
 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, USCemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraLandmarksNotable Places
 
The Washington Family Tomb, north of the slave burial ground. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
3. The Washington Family Tomb, north of the slave burial ground.
A Masonic ceremony in progress in commemoration of General Washington's birthday.
Entrance to Slave Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
4. Entrance to Slave Burial Ground
Mansion House image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
5. Mansion House
Greenhouse (reconstructed in 1951) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
6. Greenhouse (reconstructed in 1951)
Greenhouse Slave Quarters image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
7. Greenhouse Slave Quarters
Interpretive signage.
Greenhouse Slave Quarters image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 18, 2008
8. Greenhouse Slave Quarters
Transient barracks configuration.
 
 
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 1,504 times since then and 32 times this year. 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. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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