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Classic "shotgun" style house on Rampart Street, Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, 2007 [Photo by Infrogmation]

A Slave-Coffle Passing the Capitol [PD]

Brimstone Hill Fortress, St Kitts, 2003
[Photo by Ukexpat]

Row of cabins at the Hermitage plantation [PD]

Slaves: Architects | Architecture | Dwellings

When visiting historical places in America remember that slaves contributed the following:

1. Selkirk Farm East of Bingham on Old Cashua Ferry Road built in 1858. The original portion of the house was built by a slave named Case.

2. The oldest landmark in Greenville, Georgia, Windsor Hall was designed and built by Isaiah Wimbush, a slave artisan. 

3. James Bell of Virginia was sent to Alabama to construct three spiral staircases for the Watkins-Moore-Grayson mansion.

4. Charles, a free African American carpenter, wood worker, and mason, contracted with Robin de Logny in 1787 to build Destrehan Plantation in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.

5. Porches “More recently, the evidence has shown that the porch was imported from West Africa. Slaves brought from West Africa experienced the same climate in South Carolina, Mississippi and New Orleans as in their native home. The porch, traditionally four to five feet deep, is a feature of architecture in tropical environments and is certainly well known to the Blacks in both Africa and the Caribbean. A familiar house found in Charleston, the Georgian "I" house has its gable facing the street. This house has an open porch along one side, hidden from view by a door, the door emphasizing the importance of the porch as an integral part of the house. These houses were not common until after 1790, when refugees from Haiti arrived in Charleston. The porch, imported from the Caribbean and tropical environments of Africa secures cross-ventilation and reinforces the concept of communal responsibility and togetherness present in African, Caribbean and African-American cultures.” [ North by South]

6. Vlach, John Michael. 1990. The Afro-American Tradition in Decorative Arts. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

7. Monticello:

Loth, Calder. 1995. Virginia Landmarks Of Black History: Sites On The Virginia Landmarks Register And The National Register Of Historic Places. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, p. 2

8. US Capitol:

Slave Labor and the Building of the US capitol
The Legend of Slaves Building Capitol Is Correct

Slave Labor Commemorative Marker

Slave Labor Commemorative Marker to acknowledge the role of slave labor in the construction of the United States Capitol

Philip Reid and the Statue of Freedom

Philip Reid and the Statue of Freedom – NCSS

U.S. Capitol Built By Slaves - VOA Story – [Min: 3:54]

9. Horace King
"was the most respected bridge-builder in Alabama, Georgia, and northeastern Mississippi during the mid-nineteenth century. As a slave until 1846, King and his master John Godwin worked as partners on major construction projects."

and while in the Caribbean remember that slaves built or helped build the following:

1. Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is an outstanding, well-preserved example of 17th- and 18th-century military architecture in a Caribbean context. Designed by the British and built by African slave labour . . .” – UNESCO

2. The Palace of Sans Souci, the buildings at Ramiers and, in particular, the Citadel serve as universal symbols of liberty, being the first monuments to be constructed by black slaves who had gained their freedom.” – UNESCO

and that they also made  contributions to the already rich architecture history of India.

1. Malik Sandal, an Ethiopian and one-time slave, became one of the most important architects in Southern India. One of his designs was this funerary complex, the Ibrahim Rauza, built after 1597.

2. Sidi Saeed or Sidi Saiyyed, an Abyssinian : Sidi Sayyid Mosque – an inscription on this mosque reads: “Sidi Saeed Mosque C.A.D. 1572 This Mosque was built by Sidi Saeed, an Abyssinian in the service of Rumi Khan . . .”


Mosque of Sidi Sayed Jaali in Ahmedabad, 2012
[photo by Vrajesh jani]

The Dillingham Street Bridge, Columbus, Georgia, ca. 1900. It was built by Horace King in 1865. [PD]


The front of the Sans-Souci palace, in Milot, Haiti, 2006 [Photo by Rémi Kaupp]

Slave Hire Tag - 508 Servant 1821
[Image is from National Park Service]

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