Black History Month Toolkit

The staff of The Hermitage are beginning an ongoing project to compile resources and materials that will enable the community to research and better understand the history of enslaved and emancipated African-Americans in the Nashville area. This collection will be an ongoing work-in-progress, which we hope to expand every year by adding new resources and other materials from our partner sites in the region. You can either download the full toolkit below or click each image or document.

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Hermitage Slavery Toolkit Bibliography Adult

Hermitage Slavery Toolkit Bibliography Youth

Hermitage Slavery Toolkit References


Archeology & Objects

Gun Lock Hair Comb Medicine Vials Shirt made by enslaved woman Thimble


Buildings Occupied by the Enslaved Community

First Hermitage and Kitchen (1860s) OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA North Yard From Mansion West Wing Roof Triplex Foundation during excavation ???????????????????????????????????? Alfred Jackson in Alfred's CabinOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAField Quaters Foundation


Enslaved Residents of The Hermitage

Hannah pictured with her husband, Aaron Hannah woman and great grandchildren Alfred Jackson


Lesson Plans

Slavery at The Hermitage Lesson Plans

TSM Journey to Freedom Lesson Plans


Speeches and Writings

Booker T Washington Atlanta Compromise Speech 1895

Sojourner Truth Aint I a Woman 1851

Rev Peter Williams Oration on the Abolition of the Slave Trade 1808

Mary Church Terrell In Union There is Strength 1897

Henry Highland Garnet Let The Monster Perish_1865

Frederick Douglass 4th of July Speech 1852

DuBois WEB DuBois Critiques Booker T Washington 1903

David Walker Appeal 1830



Hermitage Slave Families

Beyond the Mansion Brochure