forty percent of the slaves were kids
A slave plantation estate stands near the banks of Mystic River waters flowing through Medford and Somerville to Boston seas. The Royall House and Slave Quarters is a rehabbed version of its former self. It is in great shape. On the property stands the grand master’s house and a separate structure that housed his enslaved servants and plantation workers. There are no lights in the house – just like it was before the days of electricity.
The Royall family, who owned 264 slaves according to records of the estate, ran a working plantation across the Charles River from Boston near the Mystic River located on property now surrounded by Medford residents and the Tufts University campus today.
We toured the plantation and it was a very, very nice, educational and expertly guided experience, produced by the Royall House Association. And we have something to compare it to which would be the BOONE HALL PLANTATION of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The major difference in our opinion
It is hard to put a finger on it in words. You’ll have to walk the campuses to know what I mean., but I will say this. At Boone
feel” the slaves pain through those trees. I am n
I walked upon a white woman and her daughter who was sitting at the base of one of the trees in tears. She remarked how horrible it must have been for the slaves to work those rice paddies, which were across the yard from the tree line. And still standing slave houses sit on the Boone site, basically untouched but they are in very good shape because the quality of bricks used in their construction was good.
In Royall House, we walked directly into the rooms slaves lived and worked in. They didn’t seem to be so bad. The Royall House enslaved workers caught more hell from the attitudes of white residents and visitors probably, more so than they did from the work.
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