Sweet Briar College in Virginia has reopened a small cabin on campus that once was a home to slaves. The cabin is one of about two dozen structures that housed slaves on the Sweet Briar Plantation in the pre-Civil War period. It is the only one that remains. Much of the building consists of original materials that have been preserved since about 1840.
Sweet Briar College has received grants to preserve the cabin and to include its history in the college’s curriculum. Blacks make up about 8 percent of the student body at the college.