Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Honors Black History Month with New Programming and Memorial Service
In conjunction with Black History Month, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will offer a new tour remembering the lives of the enslaved on the property in addition to the annual memorial service and genealogy workshop. The enslaved tour and the workshop are free to guests with the price of admission, and the memorial service is free to all.
Family History Day
On Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., The Hermitage will host a free genealogy workshop in the Tulip Grove mansion. Genealogy experts will educate the community on the many ways to research family history. Guests can participate in digital scanning, genealogy assistance, family tree building and more at no additional cost. This day is offered in partnership with the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) of Nashville.
NEW In Their Footsteps: Lives of the Hermitage Enslaved Tour
Beginning Friday, Feb. 14, The Hermitage will offer an abridged version of the upcoming “In Their Footsteps: Lives of the Hermitage Enslaved” tour. In this 20-minute version, guests will hear select stories of the enslaved men and women who lived at The Hermitage during the lifetime of Andrew Jackson. Tours will be available Feb. 14 – 16 and Feb. 28 – Mar. 1 on the hour, every hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The full tour will officially launch In March.
Black History Month Memorial Service
Guests are invited to join Hermitage staff for their annual commemoration of those once enslaved at The Hermitage on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. The service will be held at The Hermitage Church and will feature music and special remarks, followed by a procession to the enslaved memorial located behind the church. 150 flowers will be laid, marked with the names of all those known to have been enslaved at The Hermitage.
Beyond the Mansion: The Enslaved Community at The Hermitage Tour
The Hermitage tells the history of its property, as well as the thriving community of African Americans who lived there for several generations through its revamped “Beyond the Mansion: The Enslaved Community at The Hermitage” tour. Offered as a self-guided audio tour on-site, guests are able to learn more about topics ranging from women and religion at The Hermitage to stories of the individual slaves at The Hermitage.
ABOUT ANDREW JACKSON’S HERMITAGE
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is one of the largest, most well-preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, The Hermitage is one of America’s first presidential museums. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with more than 20 historic buildings, including Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church and gardens. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as the history of slavery have enhanced the experience of more than 230,000 annual visitors. For more information, visit www.thehermitage.com.