Gilmore Cabin at Montpelier The history of the transition from slavery to freedom for African Americans is told at the Gilmore Cabin on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier in Virginia. Born a… read more

Gilmore Cabin at Montpelier The history of the transition from slavery to freedom for African Americans is told at the Gilmore Cabin on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier in Virginia. Born a slave for President Madison in 1810, George Gilmore and his wife Polly raised five children on a small sharecroppers farm after emancipation. Built by George Gilmore and his sons, the cabin is one of only a few existing freedman’s homes left standing in the United States.

In this program, we also visit a reconstructed Jim Crow train station near the cabin, where segregated “white” and “colored” waiting rooms were once the law of Virginia. Our tour guide is Christian Cotz, Montpelier director of visitor engagement. close

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Gilmore Cabin at Montpelier

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Montpelier Station, Virginia, United States
First Aired:
May 06, 2012 | 7:59am EDT | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
Dec 02, 2012 | 2:00am EST | C-SPAN 3

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