S.2 Ep.4 – Tracing enslaved families of James Monroe’s Highland



On this episode we hear from local historians Miranda Burnett and Martin Violette about the slave families sold away from the Monroe’s Highland Plantation to Casa Bianca Plantation in Florida and the genealogical research they are doing to locate their descendants. We also get you in the Halloween spirit with some spooky reads.

Erica mentioned listening to two books on RBDigital:

Abby read:

Our program recording this episode is from Northside Library. On September 21st,  two local historians from came to talk about their research on the enslaved families of James Monroe’s Highland who were sold to Casa Bianca Plantation in Florida.

You can view the work they discuss on their website.

During their talk they mention the book Dark Places of Earth by Jonathan M. Bryant and the Weevils in the Wheat compilation of oral histories collected by the WPA between 1936-1938.

If you have books you’d like to recommend we read and discuss please email us at podcast@jmrl.org.

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  1. I loved hearing this podcast a 2nd time almost as much as being there in person the first time. To clarify names not audible in the podcast, panelists were: Mr. Nawang Thokmey (Research Librarian for Tibetan Buddhism Contemplative Studies, UVA), Mrs. Samdup Bhuti (President of Tibetan Assn. of Charlottesville), Mr. Lopsang Dhongdup (area contractor and former Thangkha painter), Jamyang Nyima (Tibetan Assn of Charlottesville), Tenzin Tsepel (student, daughter of Mrs. Bhuti), and Tenzin Kalsang (Madison, WI). The website and Facebook page referred to can be ‘googled’ under Tibetan Association of Charlottesville. Thank you for recording this wonderful exchange. Even though the panelists’ voices are faint at times, I could hear most of it. A Powerpoint took the first 30 minutes; the panelists’ discussion covered the next 30. Thank you, Friends of the Library! 11/2/2018

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