Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America


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A New Exhibit is Here – Don’t Miss It!

Cliveden is hosting the National Library of Medicine’s new traveling exhibit from March 13 to June 19, 2017. Curated by Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, Fire and Freedom explores how food defined power in the Chesapeake region. The exhibition uses George Washington’s Mt. Vernon to demonstrate how food showed the exchange of power between enslaved Africans and their masters. Cliveden brings this exciting six panel exhibition to our community to further explore our 1767 Kitchen Dependency as well as relationships between the Chew Family and their enslaved servants.

Much like our Living Kitchens at Cliveden programming, a historic interpretation supported by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Fire and Freedom will open the door for more conversations and ideas about the role food plays in our country’s history.


Visit Fire and Freedom in Cliveden’s Carriage House. 

Exhibit open:
March: 12 PM-4 PM, Thursday to Friday
April to June: 12 PM-4 PM, Thursday to Sunday 

“Coffee” (Coffea Arabica) plate from An Historical Account of Coffee. ... John Ellis, 1774 Courtesy National Library of Medicine

“Coffee” (Coffea Arabica) plate from An Historical Account of Coffee. …
John Ellis, 1774
Courtesy National Library of Medicine

This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health with research assistance provided by the staff at The Washington Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Washington at Mount Vernon, 1797 Nathaniel Currier, 1852 Courtesy Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

Washington at Mount Vernon, 1797
Nathaniel Currier, 1852
Courtesy Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association