Historian Sharece Blakney presents unearthed stories of people enslaved by the Stockton family at Morven and other locations and invites input on future interpretation concepts at the Museum.
In 2017, Morven Museum & Garden gathered a group of community members to discuss plans for examining the history of the enslaved people who lived and worked at Morven and those who enslaved them. This discussion informed the reinstallation of Morven’s first floor permanent exhibition and associated programming over the ensuing years. Since then, historical consultant Sharece Blakney has conducted over 900 hours of archival research.
Blakney’s research unearthed some new or expanded information allowing further insight into the lives of people enslaved by the Stockton family (at Morven and other locations), including resulting generations from manumitted people. Morven plans to implement this research into its current and future offerings and welcomes community feedback and ideas. Refreshments will be served.
Photo credit: “Stockton’s residence at Princeton,” from Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution by Benson J. Lossing, 1852. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. The New York Public Library Digital Collections.
Presented in partnership with Morven Museum & Garden.