Memorial to the Enslaved
For more information or to get involved, please email Memorial@GoodwoodMuseum.org.
The Goodwood Museum & Gardens Memorial to the Enslaved will serve as a lasting tribute to those individuals, named and unnamed, who lived and toiled in bondage here and to their descendants.
Goodwood Museum & Gardens Memorial to the Enslaved is a sacred and contemplative place that brings together descendants, the community, and partners to educate, remember, and honor cultures and traditions to promote healing in the present and serve as inspiration for equality and social justice in the future.
List of 156 Enslaved People, Goodwood Plantation, 1857
Philis & daughter
Henriatta & Edney
Tempe & Children
Goodwood is engaging the community in the development of the memorial. As part of this, we are inviting people to submit designs; we especially encourage submissions from Black artists or designers. A $1,000 honorarium will be awarded to the artist whose design is selected through a juried process, and the artist will be credited at the memorial site.
A required element of the Design Competition is a site orientation. On-site orientations are scheduled for the following three dates:
- August 28 – 10 AM
- September 12 – 2 PM
- October 8 – 2 PM
For more information about Goodwood and the people once enslaved on the property, see the About Goodwood section below.
At its largest extent, Goodwood included about 8,000 non-contiguous acres; over time two owners enslaved at least 200 people in the mid-1800s. Today, Goodwood encompasses 21 acres and serves the community as a museum, a community green space, and a venue for public and private events.
The materials available here may help with understanding the history of people who were enslaved at Goodwood and creating a design for the memorial. Materials include a list of individuals’ names that we know to have been enslaved here, a statement describing the research process and sources, and a map of Goodwood landholdings in the 1850s. In addition, a presentation on the lives of several enslaved individuals provides a more in-depth picture of some individuals’ lives, and a bibliography serves to connect people to additional information on the history of enslavement in North Florida.
To read more about Goodwood’s history, click here.
The history of enslavement in North Florida, including Goodwood, was recently featured in the documentary “Invisible History: Middle Florida’s Hidden Roots” by FSU filmmaker Valerie Scoon, a member of the Memorial Committee. This is currently being shown on public broadcasting stations across the United States, and is available for viewing by public broadcast members at https://www.pbs.org/video/invisible-history-middle-floridas-hidden-roots-5zhkcl/ It may be available to the general public at a later date.
Memorial to the Enslaved Committee Members
Goodwood Museum & Gardens
Dr. Nancy Morgan
Goodwood Museum & Gardens
Pamela “Kabuya” Bowens-Saffo