Join The Hermitage in commemorating Juneteenth week with a day of programs featuring The Slave Dwelling Project.
Inalienable Rights: History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The event is free for Members or with paid General Admission.
In 1860, 4 million people were enslaved in the United States. The Hermitage estimates that 300 men, women and children were owned by Andrew Jackson during his life. Their lives, relationships and jobs were complicated and varied. The Slave Dwelling Project team will provide visitors with an in-depth look at these wide-ranging experiences through hands-on demonstrations, storytelling and ongoing conversation throughout the day.
Open Hearth Cooking & Foodways
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Stop by the Cabin by the Spring as historian Nicole Moore demonstrates cooking techniques and diets of the enslaved community at The Hermitage.
This program will be ongoing throughout the day.
Juneteenth and Emancipation: What It Was. . .and What It Wasn’t
10 – 11 a.m.
Join expert historians Joseph McGill, Dontavius Williams and Sara Daise for conversation around the effects of Emancipation and the realities of life for the first generation to experience life after slavery.
Slave Dwellings: Adapting to Reconstruction
Noon – 1 p.m.
The founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, Joseph McGill, speaks on the adaptation of former slave dwellings and how they changed as the nation reconstructed.
“The Chronicles of Adam” with Dontavius Williams
2 – 3 p.m.
From an Antebellum plantation in South Carolina, an enslaved African American named Adam shares his firsthand experience of the day-to-day life of the enslaved community living on a plantation. From the joys and horrors, this emotional tale is an experience for all ages.
Slavery at The Hermitage Tours
11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Free with Admission
Tours depart from the Triplex foundation on the West side of the Mansion.
Join an expert historian on a walking tour of the enslaved community at The Hermitage. Staff will lead the tour to several key locations on the grounds, discuss the archaeology and research that has been conducted and hear stories of the individual lives, struggles, and achievements that took place here. Tour is approximately 45 minutes and offered rain or shine.