The photograph shows the former slave quarters or slave "houses" that were located on the Hermitage plantation in Savannah, Georgia. The quarters were located near the owner's "big house." Most quarters were made out of wood with dirt floors and possibly one window. The quarters were either one or two rooms for an enslaved family to live in. Enslaved persons who worked in the fields stayed in the quarters, and others slept where they worked, such as in the kitchens, laundry or stables.
- Compare this image to the photo of the African-American family at the same plantation. What do you notice about the conditions of the slave quarters in both images?
- What do you wonder about living in slave quarters?
"[The Hermitage, slave quarters, Savannah, Ga.]," Detroit Publishing Co., ca. 1907. Courtesy of Library of Congress