Sunday, February 10, 2008

Virtual Book Tour: Day 10

This past June, my family and I visited Mount Vernon, the plantation home of President George Washington. It was also the home for many enslaved African Americans. These men, women, and children worked hard to make the plantation the successful and beautiful place that it was.

We walked through the beautiful grounds of this historic plantation. We saw gardens, and horse stables, and hog pens, and fields. Everywhere we looked, we saw reminders of the people who lived and died here, leaving their powerful mark upon the history of our nation.

In the quiet shade of the woods, the trail we followed led us to holy ground: the burial ground for those who had been enslaved here. A simple marker whispered a hint of their story. A tombstone honored their lives. It was a deeply emotional experience for all who entered here, remembering…

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