2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 30, 2020 11:28 AM by Corinne Marasco

    Seeking whether Jeremiah Bosworth rented slaves to build church

    Corinne Marasco Wayfarer

      I am the historian at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Va. We're taking a closer look at the role of race in our history, including identifying rectors and vestry members who were engaged in slavery, either owning or renting slaves. The construction of our church took place in 1817-1818 and my guess is that the builder, Jeremiah Bosworth, used slave labor. We don't have his spending records (we have precious few records prior to 1865) but the building trades in almost every state augmented their workforce with slave labor, especially in the Potomac region. Would there be any way to determine if Bosworth did rent slaves? Thank you!