Hermitage observance remembers black slaves

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A wreath has been placed at The Hermitage in commemoration of slaves who were buried on the Nashville plantation of President Andrew Jackson.

The Black History Month observance Saturday was at the enslaved memorial, which was erected in 2009. The memorial was designed by Union University art professor Lee Benson and features seven oak trees in the shape of the Little Dipper constellation. Escaping slaves followed the North Star in the constellation to freedom in northern states. They called the constellation "the Drinking Gourd."

There were 60 slaves interred at The Hermitage where the body of Jackson is also buried.

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