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A Complicated Hospitality Tour

Title:A Complicated Hospitality Tour
Date & Time:Sat Oct 7, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. (Map This)
Event Details:The labor of African Americans - both free and enslaved - was critical to Alexandria's development as an important port city in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Join this interactive 60 to 75-minute tour exploring urban slavery at Gadsby's Tavern. Known for his work in the early hospitality industry, John Gadsby relied on the capital, labor, and ingenuity of enslaved people of African descent for his businesses in Alexandria, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. But what does hospitality mean when the labor is being done by people held in bondage? How does enslaved labor change how we think of hospitality? What was the cost to the people compelled to work at Gadsby’s?

Participants will explore how the nuances of urban slavery complicate and expand our understanding of slavery in America through the stories, experiences, and archival traces of those enslaved by John Gadsby. 

Tours at 10am and Noon.
Fees:$15 per person
Audience:Anyone may attend
Tags:Gadsby's Tavern

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