Arlington House Slave Quarters
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, USA
Arlington House Slave Quarters Reviews
Arlington From Slavery to Freedom Jun 16, 2012
Perhaps sadder than the dead who gave their lives for freedom's sake, was the plight of the slaves on Arlington Estate. Behind Arlington House/Mansion is a small house that was used as slave quarters. It is now a museum displaying the history of the slaves up until their freedom was granted.
The chronology is so detailed that it feels like one is reading a book. I particularly felt sad seeing photos of slaves marked as unknown. No different from the unknown soldiers; these people had family, friends, loved ones who would have liked to know where they are, bury them upon death. What a sad history indeed.
Featured in the museum is Selina Norris Gray, the lead housekeeper of the General's wife. It is said that when Mrs. Lee finally left Arlington, she entrusted Selina with the care of her most prized possessions and her home.
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