Slave Cabins

Slave Cabins (HMRMM)

Location: Jacksonville, FL 32226 Duval County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 26.21', W 81° 26.255'

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Voices From the Past

The slave quarters were a place to find identity and strength through family, faith, and shared experiences.

Many American traditions originate from the daily activities and beliefs of enslaved people. Practices that survive today revolve around cooking, singing, dancing, worshiping, and healing. While daily work was individually focused, life in the slave quarters revolved around family and community.

Stories of slave home life lay in the few words left behind in narrative and interviews of former slaves.

...after preparing and eating their evening meal they gathered around a cabin to sing and moan songs seasoned with African melody. Then to the tune of an old fiddle they danced a dance called "the green corn dance"...
James Johnson, 1900s

We used to slip off in de woods in de old days on Sunday evening way down in de swamps to sing and pray to our own liking. We prayed for dis day of freedom.
Alice Sewell, 1900s
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 11:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 457981 N 3367272
Decimal Degrees30.43683333, -81.43758333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 26.21', W 81° 26.255'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 26' 12.60" N, 81° 26' 15.30" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11601-11675 Palmetto Ave, Jacksonville FL 32226, US
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