Prospect Hill Plantation & Mississippi in Africa
If you think you can make a generalization that is unconditionally true about the human experience or human nature, then you probably haven’t read enough history. I’m briefly familiar Liberia’s beginnings and with ante-bellum efforts to “repatriate” (bad word, but deported is probably less accurate) former slaves to there. But hearing the details of Isaac Ross and the slaves that he ultimately freed puts flesh on the history.
Take a minute to watch this rich story of a Revolutionary War veteran and plantation owner who instructed in his will that his holdings should be sold and the proceeds used to “repatriate” his slaves to Liberia, where they and probably their ancestors had never been. Upon arriving in Liberia, some become slave traders. I will be spending some time with Mr. Huffman’s book, Mississippi in Africa, to more fully appreciate this story and it’s multifarious complex layers.
Prospect Hill Plantation is located about 40 minutes from Natchez. Work is being done to preserve the site and find a buyer to fully restore it. I hope to visit it someday.