Tennessee Civil War 150 - Wessyngton Plantation: A Family's Road to Freedom DVD

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In 1796, Joseph Washington purchased sixty acres in Tennessee for tobacco farming, which grew to 13,000 acres. Only two slaves were ever sold from Wessyngton, resulting in several generations of enslaved family members living and laboring together. Author John F. Baker Jr. spent decades combing through family and state archives and conducting interviews with relatives and historians in order to bring this deeply moving story to life.

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  • Length: 29 minutes on 1 Disc
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • Number of Programs: 1
  • Country of Origin: United States

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  • In 1796, Joseph Washington, a distant relative of our first president, purchased sixty acres in Middle Tennessee for tobacco farming. Eventually covering 13,000 acres, Wessyngton Plantation would thrive off the blood, sweat and tears of hundreds of African Americans. Unlike other plantations only two slaves were ever sold from Wessyngton, resulting in several generations of enslaved family members living and laboring together. As a child, Author John F. Baker Jr. was mysteriously drawn to a photo of Robertson County slaves in his middle school textbook. When his grandmother explained that he was looking at his great-grandparents, he became obsessed with their story. In 2008 his book "The Washington's of Wessyngton Plantation" was released. The culmination of more than thirty years of research, it details the lives of hundreds of his family members. Baker spent decades combing through countless family and state archives, researching birth and death records, and conducting dozens of interviews with relatives and historians. Wessyngton Plantation: A Family's Road to Freedom brings to life this deeply moving story of pain and perseverance.

  • Content Warning: Contains some violent images.