Black History That Helped Shape The Future

As we close on Black History month, we make a final visit to the Somerset Place Plantation in the Creswell town of Washington County. The Somerset Place Plantation encompasses about 100,000 acres of land and was one of the state's most abundant corn, wheat and rice plantations. But more importantly were the hundreds of enslaved men, women and children who worked and lived on the plantation. Many of the slaves there were direct descendants of West Africa. The slaves were responsible for the area's irrigation and transportation canals, as well. After the Civil War, the slaves were freed and the plantation was forced to shut down.