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Article-a-Day #49: Encyclopedia Virginia-Sambo Anderson: A Carpenter at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plantation

Sambo Anderson was an enslaved carpenter at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Fairfax County plantation. Born in Africa, Anderson endured the Middle Passage to America as a child and was purchased by Washington…s a carpenter, Anderson was involved in a vast array of work to build and repair the plantation’s infrastructure and equipment. He was manumitted, or freed, by George Washington’s will in 1801, but his wife and children had not been owned by Washington but by the estate of Martha Custis Washington’s late husband; as a result, they remained enslaved.