D.C. Mondays: Enslaved Artisans in D.C. and the Story of Samuel Collins

Facade of a large mansion with tan walls and gray roofs with a small colonnade at the center
Photo courtesy of Tudor Place.


Of the many skilled craftsmen who constructed the center block of Tudor Place in 1816, only one was recorded: enslaved plaster artisan Samuel Collins. Join Tudor Place Curator Rob DeHart as he looks back on the contributions of Black craftsmen and how enslavers profited from their labors. In this virtual talk, learn about Sam Collins’ life, how he obtained his freedom and his success establishing a family in Georgetown.

About Rob DeHart

Rob DeHart has served as curator at Tudor Place Historic House & Garden since 2021. Previously he was a history curator for 10 years at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, where he developed multiple award-winning exhibitions, including permanent installations at the museum's new multi-million-dollar facility in 2018. DeHart also serves as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums. 

How to Participate

This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the program starts (12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

About the D.C. Mondays Series

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