Black History Month at The Hermitage
Select Stories from In Their Footsteps: Lives of the Hermitage Enslaved Tour
Every Friday through Sunday throughout February
At the Triplex
Throughout the month of February, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will offer select stories from the “In Their Footsteps: Lives of the Hermitage Enslaved” tour free with admission. These 15-20 minute stories highlight the lives of the enslaved men and women who lived at The Hermitage during the life of Andrew Jackson and beyond his death in 1845. Guests will learn how vital their lives were to the operation of the plantation, the harsh reality of the enslaved system and how these men and women endured until gaining their freedom. Included with admission.
Stories from the Hermitage Slave Community
January 28 – March 1
Andrew Jackson Center
The Hermitage story is not just the story of Andrew Jackson and his family. In fact, the Jackson family story cannot be told without the stories of the 150 enslaved Africans who lived and worked at The Hermitage. Through scant documents, archaeology and oral tradition, an image of The Hermitage slave community has emerged. This temporary exhibit highlights stories of just a handful of the Hermitage enslaved, reflecting the struggle and contributions of individuals and families who supported The Hermitage plantation and the Jackson family. Included with admission.
Black History Month: Memorial Service
Saturday, February 27, 2020
11 a.m. – Noon
Hermitage Church (Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage), 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage, TN 37076
Join Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage for our annual commemoration of those once enslaved at The Hermitage and throughout the country. Held at The Hermitage Church, the service will feature music and special remarks, followed by a procession to the slavery memorial “Follow the Drinking Gourd” located behind the church. There, 150 flowers will be laid by attendees, marked with the names of all those known to have been enslaved at The Hermitage.