“Mulberry Plantation,” by Thomas Coram, Charleston, South Carolina (Gibbes Museum of Art)

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Mulberry Plantation painting Mulberry Plantation

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1. This painting is one of a set of images of Mulberry Plantation on view in the Landscape of Slavery exhibition. Discuss this larger set of images and why this set might have been created.

2. How might blacks and whites have experienced this property differently? In what ways does the image reinforce racial hierarchies?

3. In what ways have archaeological excavations of slave quarters like these given us a window into daily life at the quarter?

4. Mulberry Plantation was a rice plantation. Discuss the economic importance of rice to South Carolina.