Ash Lawn-Highland was awarded a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities this week which will help expand site interpretation, specifically regarding slavery at James Monroe’s Highland plantation.
The grant, totaling $3,000 will support the development and printing of an interpretive brochure that will tell stories about the members of the enslaved community and explore the spaces where they lived and worked.
“Our goal in interpreting James Monroe’s Highland is to share with the public not only Monroe’s legacy but also greater narratives about his time, including the enslaved people who resided and raised families there,” said Executive Director Sara Bon-Harper. “This brochure will enhance the visitor experience by allowing more on-site opportunities for discovery of the past.”
The project will commence in the fall.
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