Mulberry Row’s Main Street (In 3-D)

Published:April 4, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

From the University of Virginia:

Earl Mark, a professor in the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, is helping to bring Mulberry Row back to life through a digital re-creation of the structures that builds upon 50 years of research by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello, archeologists and historians … Working with a team of experts, Mark relied on documentary and archeological evidence and Jefferson’s own drawings and notes to piece together his re-creation, which to date includes five of the more than 20 buildings that lined Mulberry Row – three slave dwellings, a smokehouse/dairy and a storehouse for iron that was sometimes used for nail-making. More are planned in the future.

QUESTION: When one thinks of “Main Street” one thinks of, perhaps, Disney’s Main Street USA or some other all-American image—so does it seem odd to think of this place where enslaved African Americans lived as “Main Street,” or is it just perfectly appropriate?


1 Comment on “Mulberry Row’s Main Street (In 3-D)”

  1. Sue Perdue

    I guess if you think of it in literal terms, Mulberry Row was the main street. This is not the same thing as Main Street (all capitals), which connotes civic pride and all that jazz (think Sinclair Lewis). Speaking of Sinclair Lewis, he was from Sauk Centre, Minnesota, not so far from St. Peter, Minnesota where I went to college. St. Peter built itself a very wide main street in anticipation of becoming the state capitol, which never happened, much to its collective relief, no doubt.

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