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A Researcher Reconnects With Her Ancestors' Slave Past At Madison's Estate

Michelle Taylor is taking part in a project to reconstruct slave cabins at Montpelier, the estate of President James Madison. Through her research, she discovered a personal connection to the site.
Michelle Taylor and other participants work to reconstruct slave cabins at Montpelier, the Virginia estate of former President James Madison. Source: Courtesy of Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor is 26 years old and keenly interested in the past.

The research associate at Virginia Commonwealth University is taking part in a program to reconstruct the grounds of Montpelier, the former estate of

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