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Slave Quarters Rebuilt at Madison’s Montpelier

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A tarp covers an archeological dig site where the original slave kitchen was located at James Madison's Montpelier, in Montpelier, Va., April 12, 2017. Montpelier is reconstruction the slave community in the South Yard of the property.
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A ghost slave cabin sits in a field near James Madison's Montpelier, in Montpelier, Va. The cabin is one of several that were partially constructed to show building techniques used in the era.
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Painters works on the side of a newly constructed slave cabin in the South yard Slave Community at James Madison's Montpelier, in Montpelier, Va.
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A school group walks up to the front entrance of James Madison's estate, in Montpelier, Va. Crews at Montpelier, the mansion in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, are excavating and reconstructing six structures on what’s called the South Yard, where domestic slaves lived and worked.
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Jennifer Glass, the director of Archeology and Historical Preservation at James Madison's estate, gestures in front of some of the reconstructed slave cabins in the South Yard of the property in Montpelier, Va.
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A marker gives visitors a tutorial of the South Yard slave community that is being reconstructed at James Madison's estate, in Montpelier, Va.
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A school group walks past newly constructed smoke houses and slave quarters that are part of the South Yard slave community at James Madison's Montpelier, in Montpelier, Va, April 12, 2017.
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Jennifer Glass, director of Archeology and Historical Preservation at James Madison's Montpelier, gestures in front of some of a reconstructed field slave cabins in Montpelier, Va., April 12, 2017. The unfinished cabin is called a ghost cabin that allows visitors to view building techniques.
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A ghost cabin is among the newly constructed slave cabins at James Madison's Montpelier, South Yard slave community in Montpelier, Va., April 12, 2017.
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Builder Craig Jacobs who is reconstructing the slave community at James Madison's estate, walks into one of the reconstructed slave cabins in Montpelier, Va.
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Visitors look over reconstructed slave cabins in the South Yard slave community at James Madison's estate, in Montpelier, Va, April 12, 2017. The slave quarters were cleared away more than 150 years ago and planted over with grass. The reconstruction began in 2015 after a gift from David Rubenstein, a Washington philanthropist and history buff.
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A painter works on the side of a newly constructed smoke house in the South Yard Slave Community at James Madison's estate, in Montpelier, Va. Crews at Montpelier, the mansion in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, are excavating and reconstructing six structures on what’s called the South Yard, where domestic slaves lived and worked.
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