Students will analyzing setting for Georgetown slave pens and estates that operated with slaves.

Students will learn the locations of slave trading and holding spots in the District of Columbia, with special emphasis on the slave pen on the 3100 block of O Street.

Students will learn that the Peters family at Tudor Place owned slaves and traded them prior to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862. 


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Map of slave trading locations in DC and photographs of the slave pen in Georgetown. Students will visit the Tudor Place estate.

Creator: Thomas Mead, Jr
Source: Peabody Room, Georgetown Public Library
Date: 1904

Creator: Unknown
Source: Peabody Room, Georgetown Public Library
Date: circa 1982

Original foundational walls of slave pen used to build houses on O Street (between 31st and 32nd Streets)
Creator: Jerry McCoy
Source: Peabody Room, Georgetown Public Library
Date: May 1, 2011

Warm Up

While on a field trip to Tudor Place, students will view the houses constructed on the 3200 block of O Street in a recent photograph and speculate on what may have been located there during the antebellum period.

New Material

Enslaved persons were kept in temporary "pens" when in transit from one owner to another.  Georgetown was a slave trading post until 1850, when Congress passed laws outlawing the practice in Maryland.  Tudor Place was one of many residences in Georgetown that utilized slave labor to meet the labor demands of the property.  


Students will visit the Tudor Place estate located on Q and 31st and receive a historical tour from Talia Mosconi, the Director of Education.  The reliance on slave labor by the Peter family will be addressed, as well as vivid description of how slaves lived on the estate and the treatment they received.  Primary source documents for slave transactions related to the Peter family will be requested before the trip.


Students will take a brief 5 question quiz on vocabulary related to slave trading and holding (based on the "Reading Photographs" worksheet handed out in class)

1. Describe each image of the slave pen with as many details as possible. (contextualization)

2. Why was the slave pen framed this way? (contextualization)

3. Who do you think created the image?  Why? (sourcing)

4. What can the photograph tell us about human relationships in Georgetown during the time the slave pen was used? (multiple perspectives)

 5. Why do you think the photograph is important?  Why would it be available in the Georgetown Library for people to view? (contextualization)

Closure and Reflection

Students will discuss their first trip to Tudor Place and the facts they learned about slavery in Georgetown and at the estate.