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Opinion Changes at Montpelier work against repairing the wounds of slavery

Stephen P. Hanna, Derek H. Alderman and Amy E. Potter are co-authors of “Remembering Enslavement: Reassembling the Southern Plantation Museum. They say Montpelier was at forefront of efforts to have descendants of enslaved people reclaim their family histories. Writers: Survey respondents reported learning more about enslaved people at the museum than at Mount Vernon, Monticello and Highland. Writers say the museum's “Mere Distinction of Colour” exhibit was powerful because it featured and reflected descendants’ voices. They say it was a model for other historic sites to interpret more inclusive histories for the public. Writers: The museum’s collaboration between museum management and descendant communities represented a major innovation in heritage tourism. It was a role model

A plantation museum is the place where the role of slavery in the history of the U.S. should be more evident than practically anywhere else. To its credit, the Montpelier Foundation and professionals working at the site did not rest