Sweet Briar College Receives Grant to Preserve a Slave Cabin on Its Campus
Filed in African-American History on May 24, 2013
The campus of Sweet Briar College in Virginia is located on the site of an antebellum plantation. Behind the former plantation house which now serves as the residence of Sweet Briar’s president, sits an original slave cabin from the 1840s. The cabin is the last remaining structure of the 20 slave cabins that once existed on the plantation.
The cabin is in good condition and is open to the public. The residence has been used continuously for 170 years. The college recently received a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve the structure and to incorporate the building into Sweet Briar College’s curriculum.