Slave descendants discuss connections to D.C., Virginia estates during landmark lecture on Georgetown campus

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By Mennatalla Ibrahim
Special to the AFRO | October 24, 2023


Group of descendants sitting in semi circle with Fred Murphy, facilitator in center

Photo courtesy: Francesca Donovan

There’s great comfort and privilege in tracing one’s features or mannerisms through a family line. However, for many African Americans across the country, this task is often marked with a unique pain and difficulty due to the absence or distortion of records left behind during slavery.

The annual Tudor Place Landmark Lecture Series makes space for the descendants of enslaved people to share their journeys in piecing together their ancestors’ stories.

“Tudor Place is keeping enslaved people’s stories alive,” said Jerolyn Cole, a descendent of John Luckett, who served as a gardener at Tudor Place for 44 years.

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Press Release: Tudor Place Hosts Series on Inclusive Interpretation of Enslavement

Press Release 

February 28, 2023

Washington, DC — Tudor Place Historic House & Garden launches the 2023 Landmark Lecture Series exploring ways to reposition stories of traditionally underrepresented communities in historical narratives and how these practices are leading to an inclusive interpretation of enslavement at Tudor Place.

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