Washingtons of Wessyngton PlantationSUPER excited to learn today (thanks LaKesha!) of the upcoming Tennessee State Museum FREE exhibit featuring the genealogy research and slave artifacts of John BAKER’s Ancestors – The WASHINGTONS of Wessyngton Plantation.

Some years back I met John BAKER at an Atlanta AAHGS presentation and book signing, but missed the opportunity to tour Wessyngton Plantation as part of the National Black Arts Festival offerings in 2010.

“The exhibit, Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation, looks at the lives of both the enslaved African Americans and their white owners on the 13,000 acre plantation in Robertson County, Tennessee. The exhibition, which is free to the public, will open Feb. 11 and close Aug. 31, 2014.”

Definitely won’t be missing such a historic exhibit and teaching opportunity for my children to see first hand plantation life as many our Ancestors experienced. I’m also hopeful AAGSAR Community members who are close-by will join us! How cool would that be?!

So mark your 2014 Calendars – Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation will run from February through August 31, 2014 and will be FREE to the public!

Giving the Ancestors their voice and due reverence!:)



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“While flipping through my social studies textbook I spotted a photograph of four former slaves, entitled Black Tennesseans. For some reason I kept being drawn to the photo and would look at it each time I went to class. Later I learned from my grandmother that two of the people in the photograph were her paternal grandparents, Emanuel and Henny Washington, who were born slaves on Wessyngton Plantation.” – John BAKER