Kate, her husband Will, and their children lived and worked on Muddy Hole Farm. When her family suffered a tragedy, they drew strength from the kinship ties and friendships they shared with other members of Mount Vernon’s enslaved community. In this episode, we examine daily life, culture, and religious practices of the enslaved people at the plantation. We also explore how on-going archeological work at Mount Vernon helps us piece together the enslaved community’s lived experience and recover their voices when the written record falls silent.


Dr. Brenda Stevenson, Hillary Rodham Clinton Endowed Chair in Women’s History, St. John’s College, Oxford University Dr. Eleanor Breen, City Archaeologist, City of Alexandria Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, Director of Collections and Visitor Engagement, Stratford Hall Plantation, and Director of Education and Historic Interpretation, Virginia’s Executive Mansion Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington Dr. Jason Boroughs, Research Archaeologist, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Dr. Marcus Nevius, Associate Professor of History and African Studies, University of Rhode Island Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Intertwined is narrated by Brenda Parker and was co-created and co-written by Jeanette Patrick and Jim Ambuske.

Full transcripts, show notes, and bibliographies available at www.georgewashingtonpodcast.com.



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