Historical

Memorial Stone

Memorial Stone

This is a moument placed in the Mount Vernon Slave Cemetery titled "Life Unfinished". The slave cemetery is considered sacred ground for the slaves and freed blacks who worked at the plantation in the 18th and 19th centuries. Folklore states that their bodies were buried with their feet towards the east where the river runs.The Slave Memorial at Mount Vernon was designed by students attending the architectural school at Howard University. Photo by Joy Allen from LABH collection.

Slave Cemetery at Mount Vernon

Slave Cemetery at Mount Vernon

Article on the dedication of the slave cemetery at the Mount Vernon Plantation.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 1

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 1

This page shows that  West Ford death, who he was, and the burial grounds of the servants. The Ford family's oral history was that he was placed in the old tomb of George Washington. There is also a notation that his wife, Priscella was buried there also. From the Mount Vernon archives.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 2

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 2

This page of burial records comes from 1929 minutes p. 46 about the graveyard which was used by General Washington for his slaves at Mount Vernon. It delves into how the markers were worn and broken and how they were breaking ground to set the tablet for the stone made of Georgian marble.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 3

Entry from Mount Vernon records on slave burials that George Ford visited the plantation in 1929 when two workers were placing the memorial tablet.  The workers stated that Ford told them that he was born above the spinning room. From the MVLA archives.

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 4

Slave Cemetery Burial Records, page 4

This is a continuing entry from page 3. It states that George Ford told the two workers at the slave cemetery where the tablet was laid that the burying ground used to have a rail fence around it and that Mr. Dodge (a caretaker) tore it down.

Spinning Room Mount Vernon Plantation

Spinning Room Mount Vernon Plantation

Major George Ford was born in the room above the spinning room on the Mount Vernon Plantation.

Plaque at Mount Vernon in honor of West Ford

Plaque at Mount Vernon in honor of West Ford

This is a plaque that was placed at the entry of the Mount Vernon Slave cemtery for slave burial area.  It mentions West Ford: West Ford (1784-1863), a freed slave who was hird by the Washington family in the 19th century; is also thought to be buried here. The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association sought his advice on the early restoratoin of the estate.

List of Slaves owned by John Augustine, page 1

List of Slaves owned by John Augustine, page 1

This is a two-page list of slaves owned by John Augustine, the master of Venus. The document is dated March 1783.  Venus was a housemaid on the Bushfield Plantation and her mother, Jenny, was a seamstress.  See second page for their names. Info. from the MLVA records.