Slave memorial being dedicated at The Hermitage - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Slave memorial being dedicated at The Hermitage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, is hosting a ceremony Sunday to dedicate a new memorial for the 60 slaves recently reinterred on the grounds.

The memorial is a sculpture by Union University art professor Lee Benson. It consists of seven oak trees in the shape of the Little Dipper constellation laid out across a circle of 30 boulders. It is named Our Peace, Follow the Drinking Gourd.

"Follow the Drinking Gourd" is a song slaves would use to teach them how to find and follow the North Star, one of the stars in the Little Dipper, to freedom. Seven boulders surround the tree that represents the North Star.

The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark that includes restored slave quarters.

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