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"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.

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Center launches new digital collection project: Racial Reckoning

Center launches new digital collection project: Racial Reckoning

The Center for Mason Legacies has created and launched a new digital initiative: Racial Reckoning. Racial Reckoning is a response to the mass protests across our nation and around the world following the police-involved killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks in the spring and summer of 2020. 

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“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.

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The research project that started it all

The research project that started it all

In the summer of 2017, students and faculty set out to discover the worlds of enslaved African Americans on Mason’s Gunston Hall plantation. The Enslaved Children of George Mason was the outcome.

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Enslaved Children of George Mason project explores school's namesake

Enslaved Children of George Mason project explores school's namesake

The ECGM project comes at a time when many universities are examining their histories with enslaved people. "What we discovered, as faculty and students, is that we still have to wrestle with slavery as an institution even if we were not complicit as an institution in the system of slavery," said Wendi Manuel-Scott, a professor of history and art history at Mason and the former director of the African and African American Studies Program.​

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The Enslaved Children of George Mason

The Enslaved Children of George Mason

A video about the research project that encouraged undergraduate researchers to delve into the untold story of the enslaved children, women and men at Gunston Hall. The Enslaved Children of George Mason project confronts a dark period in our history, using evidence to illuminate the lives of people who have, until now, only existed in archaeological ruins and old documents.

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