The Slave Memorial at Mount Vernon


The memorial consists of a gray granite column with the top cut off at an angle.  The column is surrounded by three concentric brick circles, and a set of three steps, each featuring a one-word inscription: “Faith,” “Hope” and “Love," respectively.  

The memorial marks the land used as a burial ground for enslaved and free blacks who worked at Mount Vernon during the 1700s and 1800s.  


Mount Vernon, Virginia
Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
Group Acknowledged: 
African-American Slaves
Freed African-Americans
Historical Subject: 

The memorial honors the enslaved and freed African Americans who worked at Mount Vernon during the 1700s and 1800s by marking the land that was used as their collective cemetery.  These graves were unmarked, and, until the memorial's dedication, the public paid little attention to this sacred burial ground.  

Physical Aspects: 

The memorial features a truncated granite column, with the following inscription: "In Memory of the Afro Americans Who Served As Slaves At Mount Vernon This Monument Marking Their Burial Ground . . ." The three steps leading up to the column read "Faith," "Hope," and "Love," respectively.  Some greenery is interspersed between the steps, and a large circular floor made of bricks surrounds the memorial.  There is a short wall for visitors to sit on.  

Date of Dedication: 
September 1983
Place Location: 
Slave Memorial at Mount Vernon