Mount Vernon Slave Memorial – Fairfax County, Virginia

The slave memorial at Mount Vernon is located approximately 50 yards southwest of George and Martha Washington’s tomb, on a bluff above the Potomac River. This sacred ground was used as a cemetery for those enslaved and a few free blacks who worked at Mount Vernon in the 18th and 19th centuries. The burial ground here has the remains of 150 slaves and free black men. It is critical to remember that although Washington was important in the founding of the country we should not overlook or forgive his vile past as a slave owner