The Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville has been standing for over 170 years.
Many construction workers helped build what used to be the home of Georgia’s Governor for about thirty years, and some of those workers were slaves.
Research done over the years by the mansion shows that "slave laborers helped in the basic trades of the construction”, according to Matt Davis, director at the Old Governor's Mansion.
He says slaves would have helped with basic trade of the mansion, such as “baking the bricks, milling of the woods, things like that."
Davis says slave labor can sometimes be looked over, but he says it’s important to remember that “we can’t sweep them under the rug. Slavery existed here”.
He says slave labor is hard to track due to lack of names and numbers in documentation.
Nathan Corbitt says that slaves had a hand in “constructing cornices and plaster work and wood carving”.
Corbitt is a Mercer Law Student who has done extensive research on slaves over the past three years. He says they were “incredibly talented individuals. They were much more than builders... they were artisans.”
"The architecture is grand", Davis says. It has a dome in the center of the Mansion that you can’t see from the outside. Slave labor used in the house, after it was done being built, would walk through an attic to access the dome.