Lecture | Philip Morgan on Slavery at Mount Vernon

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on February 15, 2016

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Junius Brutus Stearns, George Washington as a Farmer at Mount Vernon, 1851 (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; photo by Katherine Wetzel). Information on the painting from Colonial Williamsburg.

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From the Homewood Museum at Johns Hopkins:

Philip Morgan, Entangled Lives: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 18 February 2016

The fifth-largest slave owner in Virginia by the late 1780s, George Washington constantly struggled with the tangled web of slavery despite his personal desires to eliminate it from his life. In this lecture illuminating the lived experience of slavery, historian Philip Morgan will share the ways in which master and slaves, whites and blacks, interacted at Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation with special focus on the workplace, families and resistance.

A reception with the speaker will precede the lecture at 5pm. The lecture, at 6pm, is presented in celebration of African-American History Month by Homewood Museum, the former country house and slave-holding farm of the Carroll family in the early decades of the nineteenth century. Admission is free; however, reservations are requested. Walk-in registration is based on seating availability. The reception and lecture will be held in the Mason Hall Auditorium: 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21211.

Philip Morgan is the Harry C. Black Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and one of the leading specialists on the history of the Atlantic world.

Additional information on Morgan’s work on slavery at Mount Vernon is available from George Washington University.

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Homewood Museum, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, July 2008.

Located on the Johns Hopkins University campus, Homewood Museum offers visitors the chance to explore diverse interests in tremendous depth and provides an intimate look at life in early-19th-century Baltimore. The museum’s collections consist of fine and decorative arts objects representative of the furnishings during the Carroll family’s occupancy (1802–1833). Some works have direct affiliation with the Carroll family. The majority of the collection is American, with a strong concentration in high-quality Baltimore furniture of the period. English ceramics, silver, and furniture, as well as items of Chinese and French manufacture, are reflective of the imports available in early-19th century Baltimore.


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