Friends of Historic Huntley - Letters from the Past
Thank God it is now in your hands”: Unpacking Betsey C. Mason’s Letter to John Augustine Washington III
Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator at Mt. Vernon, will discuss Betsey Mason’s letter regarding the trial of five enslaved men from Huntley for trespassing and connect it with a journal entry by magistrate John Augustine Washington III in 1845. This rare letter reveals Betsey's concern for fair treatment of her slaves. Ms. MacLeod will correlate this event with the Lives Bound Together exhibit at Mount Vernon, where the letter is on display through September 2019.
Related LibGuide: Local History by Steve Walker