Memorial to the Enslaved

Goodwood Museum & Gardens, a former plantation, will create a memorial to all people enslaved on the property from approximately 1832 until 1865.  A permanent outdoor memorial site has been chosen on a half-acre space adorned with several large live oaks and a bank of azaleas. The memorial will list the names of known enslaved persons, and will be a site for sober contemplation and remembrance. It will also be a site for meeting, teaching, community engagement, and healing.

For more information or to get involved, please email Memorial@GoodwoodMuseum.org.

Mission

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.

Vision

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. 

Design Competition

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.

The committee will release the dates for the site visits soon. Please check back for additional information.

List of Slaves at Goodwood

About Goodwood

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. A list of the names of people known to have been enslaved at Goodwood and a map of Goodwood landholdings in the 1850s are available for download. Today, Goodwood encompasses 21 acres and serves the community as a museum, a community green space, and a venue for public and private events. 

To read more about Goodwood’s history, click here.

Goodwood Plantation Landholdings

Memorial to the Enslaved Committe Members

Laura Lee Corbett
Committee Chair

Jennifer Humayun
Goodwood Museum & Gardens

Dr. Nancy Morgan
Goodwood Museum & Gardens

Gloria Anderson

Phyllis Asztalos

Pamela “Kabuya” Bowens-Saffo

Eryn Calabro

Dr. Maxine Jones

Margaret Lamar

Valerie Scoon

William Walter