It’s not every day you get the opportunity to learn how to build a traditional log cabin. Let alone a log cabin that represents your ancestors and their countless sacrifices. Over the past few years, I have been able to take what I have learned and represent my ancestors through archaeology, history, and genealogy. It has been a humbling experience being able to use my hands to excavate and uncover the untold stories of history. As a part of the descendant community, I am truly grateful for Montpelier’s efforts to provide an inclusive environment that encourages descendants of the enslaved community including myself to join forces and ensure our ancestors are represented throughout American history. Last week’s Log Cabin Workshop was eye-opening and left an everlasting impression. This workshop has changed my perception of “hard work”. Special thanks to the Salvagewrights Ltd. crew for the excellent directions, daily lectures, and individual assistance. It wasn’t easy building this log cabin but I worked with a great group of passionate people. The log cabin will be on display at James Madison’s Montpelier by June 2017 and included in the upcoming Mere Distinction of Colour exhibition.
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