Stagville State Historic Site, 5828 Old Oxford Highway in Durham, contains the remnants of one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War South. The plantation belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 enslaved people and almost 30,000 acres of land by 1860.
Stagville offers a view of the past, especially that of its African American community, by allowing visitors to guide themselves around its extensive grounds. It is free to visit Stagville State Historic Site. There are also many free and inexpensive events throughout the year.
It’s open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours are offered. Call ahead to find out the times. They’re $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and children.
Self-guided tours are free, but do not include access to the buildings. You’ll need a car to get to all parts of the site, as it’s very large.
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Frederick Douglass Community Reading
Monday, July 4th, 2022
Commemorate Independence Day with a community reading of Frederick Douglass’ Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” This event takes place Monday, July 4th, 2022, at 10 a.m.
This is a participatory event. Copies of the speech, in English and Spanish, will be provided, and volunteers will read it out loud together.
Frederick Douglass delivered this abolitionist speech on July 5th, 1852, at an Independence Day celebration.
Bring a chair or blanket. The free event will last about one hour, and you’ll be able to tour the original slave dwellings afterwards.
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