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The Lipscomb Plantation Slaves with Gwendolyn Olson

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Join Gwendolyn Olson as she describes the process of identifying and documenting the slaves on the Lipscomb Plantation in Durham, NC.


Gwendolyn Olson is a Registered Nurse at Stanford Hospital in the California Bay Area. Her family roots have fascinated her as long as she can remember. Her father was an only child, and the youngest grandchild of a proud Spokane, Washington family. His mother, who belonged to an old respected Spokane African American family, died when he was very young. Raised by his widowed father, he was told stories about his family’s Durham, North Carolina roots by his doting maternal aunts and cousins, and he shared these stories with his daughter.


Gwendolyn’s research has led her to document the Slaves on the Lipscomb Plantation in Durham, NC and to meet many slave descendants of these families. She is also actively looking for more photographs of the former slaves, and their first generation descendants. She has complied a short history, of the slave history of the Lipscomb Plantation, which is made available to the guests of the Inn, and has turned out to be a very popular read.


Music - Sweet Mello Spice by Alvin K. Alexander