From 1802-1865 at least 47 men, women and children were enslaved on the property now known as Riverside. Black laborers continued to live on the property after Emancipation. Join historian Teresa Lee and archaeologist Lori Stahlgren for an in-depth discussion about what life was like for the enslaved and free African Americans at Riverside. Learn how archaeology has informed the interpretation of the history and how it has broadened our understanding of 19th century life on the property.
Hear the stories of people like Richard Thomas who earned his freedom by serving in the U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War, and Emma J. Alexander who was born into slavery at Riverside and became the first Valedictorian of Central High School in 1884–and taught in Louisville’s segregated school system for decades.
This experience includes a tour of the house and grounds as well as an archaeology presentation/discussion.
Some of the discussion may not be appropriate for all ages. Discretion is advised.
Click our Book Tour button at the bottom of this page to learn more details and to reserve your spot. Offered in the morning and the afternoon.