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Enslaved People of Whitehall

Dr. Melinda Creech, is well known in Polley family circles for her contribution to Polley scholarship with her dissertation on the Material Culture of Polley Mansion. In recent years, she has turned her attention to investigating the lives and stories of the people who were enslaved at the Polley Mansion. Her findings are showcased at the Sutherland Springs Museum and within the Polley Mansion itself with twin exhibits called The Enslaved People of J. H. Polley Plantation, Whitehall, Sutherland Springs, Texas 1836-1865. The display includes a unique historic Texas quilt for each individual since photos of the 28 enslaved are not available.

 

In an effort to make this project available to all, we have included the biographical sketches below.  Click on a quilt square below to learn more about that person.  This is an on-going research project for Dr. Creech, and so updates may occur periodically.  

If you have any additional information about the enslaved people of the Polley Mansion, please contact Dr. Melinda Creech.

Museum display of quilt squares and biographical descriptions of the enslaved people of Whitehall

Sutherland Springs Museum display of The Enslaved People of J. H. Polley Plantation, Whitehall, Sutherland Springs, Texas 1836-1865.

Click on the photos below to learn more about each person.

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