George Washington’s Slaves
How important is a name? Seeing as how these people did not receive proper burials upon their death, I would say that a name is extremely important. George Washington inventoried his slaves in 1786 and 1799, and the result is that we know the names of the men, women and children who lived, worked and died at Mount Vernon. This knowledge allows us to honor these people in a way that was not done at the time.
1786 Slave Names
1799 Slave Names
George Washington, “Diary Entry: 18 February 1786,” National Archives Founders Online, Accessed 29 April 2015, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/01-04-02-0003-0002-0018.
George Washington, “Washington’s Slave List, June 1799,” National Archives Founders Online, Accessed 30 April 2015, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-04-02-0405.