Notes from the Field

In “Notes from the Field” faculty and student researchers affiliated with the Center for Mason Legacies will share reports on current research and testimonials of their fieldwork experiences.

"If we do not gather our stories, who will?"

"If we do not gather our stories, who will?"

Wendi Manuel-Scott, associate director of CML and professor of integrative studies and history, shares her thoughts on the Racial Reckoning project as an intervention and an opportunity to challenge the long history of archival erasure of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, and immigrant voices.

“By Profit and Loss for 46 Negroes [D]ied”

“By Profit and Loss for 46 Negroes [D]ied”

Researchers in the Center for Mason Legacies (CML) have gained access to the original pages of John Mercer’s handwritten account book, which reveals evidence of his investment in human trafficking and identifies the slaveholders with whom Mercer transacted deals. Mercer was George Mason IV's uncle and mentor.