Slavery at Mount Vernon

Slavery at Mount Vernon (HM1RH7)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22309 Fairfax County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 42.349', W 77° 5.329'

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"It is my Will and desire that all the Slaves which I hold in my own right shall receive their freedom."
George Washington in his will, 1799

Of the 316 slaves at Mount Vernon in 1799, most lived and worked on the four outlying farms. About one of every four working slaves was a skilled worker such as a blacksmith, carpenter or shoemaker. The majority of women, worked in the fields, but some filled the position of spinner, weaver, cook, house servant, and seamstress. The 1799 figure reflects the expansion of the plantation since the time of George and Martha Washington's wedding in 1759, when there were about 50 slaves at Mount Vernon.
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HM NumberHM1RH7
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 318370 N 4286202
Decimal Degrees38.70581667, -77.08881667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 42.349', W 77° 5.329'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 42' 20.94" N, 77° 5' 19.74" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9323 Old Mansion Rd, Alexandria VA 22309, US
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