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A Former Plantation Begins To Tell A Fuller Story Of Slavery In America

The entrance to Highland, the former plantation once owned by James Monroe, America's fifth president. The descendants of the African-Americans once enslaved on the plantation have become part of the story given out by guides. Photo credit: Jordy Yager for NPR

Just outside Charlottesville, Va., the roads lose their markings as they wind through the woods, passing an occasional church, a cemetery and a plantation known as Highland, owned by America's fifth president James Monroe. For the first time in its 225-year history, the site has begun telling the stories of the African-American men and women who were enslaved there, and consulting with their descendants.

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