Home Built After Civil War Obviously Not Built for Slaves

Earlier this week, GM wrote an article about a home for sale on Pomander Walk. In it he described the home as a “once slave quarters”. This was, shall we say, a bit off.

The great Jerry McCoy noted:

Reading this post I winced when I came to “Once slave quarters, they now host modern residents who have learned to live small.”

All ten of the row houses on Pomander Walk were constructed 1889-90 at the cost of $400.00 each. They were not constructed as “slave quarters” although it is possible that African Americans born into slavery could have lived there.

Obviously the homes weren’t built for slaves if they were built 27 years after slaves were emancipated in the District. In GM’s defense, lots of writers have made this mistake. But it’s no excuse.

This reflects a larger problem of folk history being passed on without question. We should absolutely listen to and preserve folk or oral history. But we also need to fact check it. One only needs to consider what the folk history of Metro in Georgetown says to realize that even when things seem truthful, they quite often aren’t.

So GM will try to keep that at heart…

 

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