Poplar Forest Slave Cabin

Investigating a Slave Cabin teaches students about the past lives of enslaved Africans at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Plantation in Virginia through authentic archaeological and historical inquiry.

Instructions for the Teacher:

The teacher’s document is 31 pages, consisting of background information and four sections corresponding with the student notebook.  It includes a brief history of African slavery in Virginia and the shelters where enslaved people lived.  Quadrant maps from the archaeological site of a slave cabin at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Plantation are provided for students.

Student Archaeology Notebook:

The student notebook is 29 pages of articles and activities about the Poplar Forest Slave Cabin.  The biography of Mr. Gregory Jefferson, a descendent of enslaved Africans at Poplar Forest, guides students through the investigation.  Through archaeology, students discover artifacts left behind and how soil analysis assists in interpreting the site.

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