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Putting Together the Pieces: How Small Ceramic Fragments Reveal Much about the Life of the Enslaved at Belle Grove - Shared screen with speaker view
Kristen Laise, Belle Grove
20:16
Thanks for joining us today. If you have questions, feel free to put them in the chat and we will relay them to Matt.
Eva Cichy
29:29
Where did the name Belle Grove come from? Was it because Mrs. Hite was the sister of James Madison? Was James Madison's birthplace also called Belle Grove?
Kristen Laise, Belle Grove
30:37
Yes, that is what we believe. Nelly Madison Hite's grandparents' home was Belle Grove in Port Conway/King George, Virginia where her brother James Madison was born.
Nick Powers
32:43
If you are interested in learning more about enslaved potters in the Shenandoah Valley, this newly published article is a great resource: https://www.mesdajournal.org/2021/research-note-freedom-in-a-slave-economy-abraham-spencer-and-pottery-making-in-the-shenandoah-valley/
Kimberly at Robert Toombs House Historic Site
51:55
How did you find the merchant records?
Bonita Russell
55:23
Why did the Hites sell a large number of their slaves off
Kimberly at Robert Toombs House Historic Site
55:46
I am also the only employee at my museum and I am researching the enslaved people here. Could you put me in touch with others that might help me or point me in better directions? I am in Georgia.
Nick Powers
58:38
Kimberly, the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive might be useful for you: https://blackcraftspeople.org/
Nick Powers
59:09
It looks largely at the Lowcounty and Tiffany Momen, who operates it, would likely be able to point you to other resources that are Georgia specific.
Kimberly at Robert Toombs House Historic Site
59:36
guess just have to find ledgers. I have the names of everyone and family trees
Pamela
59:38
Besides pottery shards and remains of food, what other interesting artifacts were discovered?
Kimberly at Robert Toombs House Historic Site
59:42
Thanks
Marie
01:00:58
Any evidence of free black involvement in enslaved buying and selling in this area ?
Stephanie Sperling
01:01:24
What have you discovered architecturally about the quarters? How were they constructed? Are there any foundations left?
Marie
01:02:55
commodities
Jen Babb
01:03:50
Also wondering how you came up with the evidence for ~5 domestic quarters? Was any remote sensing done?
Matt Greer
01:10:31
mcgreer@syr.edu
Jen Babb
01:10:54
Very interesting. Thank you!
Alie Morgan
01:11:03
Thanks