Voices from our enslaved ancestors

In honor of Black History Month, a storyteller at the Historic Rosedale Plantation will recall the lives of four slaves who labored there

White slaveholders and their families left many documents and papers behind that tell the story of their lives. Yet the voices of their slaves are seldom recalled.

That will change for a brief time on Sunday, Feb. 15.

In honor of Black History Month, the education department at Historic Rosedale Plantation will present Unheard Voices, an hour-long program that tells the stories of four slaves who worked for the Caldwell family.

A trained historic interpreter will bring to life the stories of Ben, the carriage driver; Jenny, the cook; Cherry, the children’s nurse; and Nat, the blacksmith. The interpreter will be dressed in a period costume and tell stories that transport guests to the early 1800’s and provide insight into the lives of enslaved African Americans.

Historic Rosedale Plantation was built in 1815 by Archibald Frew, who worked as a merchant, postmaster and tax collector.

The home was locally known as “Frew’s Folly” because he spared no expense constructing the plantation. The 4,600-square-foot house once sat on 911 acres. It’s now the focal point of the plantation’s remaining 8.5 acres.

The house was owned and occupied by five generations of the family until it was sold in 1986 and restored over seven years at a cost of $1 million.


Where: 3427 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte
When: Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 per person
Information: www.historicrosedale.org or call 704-335-0325.

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