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Woman Sees Her 'Slave Cabin' Birthplace in museum

MEMORIES: Isabell Meggett Lucas CREDIT: Carolyn Kaster AP Photo

A CABIN that housed slaves in 1853, has been restored and installed in the National Museum of African-American History and Culture – and a woman who was born there went to see her former home in the museum exhibit.

Isabell Meggett Lucas, 87, lived there, where she shared a room with her nine brothers while her parents occupied the next room.

The cabin is on display in the slavery and freedom section of the museum, but Lucas said she did not know growing up that slaves had lived there.


THE CABIN: CREDIT: Carolyn Kaster AP Photo

Speaking with News4 and founding director of the museum, Lonnie Bunch, Lucas share her childhood memories of the house.

"When I was a child, we’d get out and play, and climb trees. I remember my grandmother cooking and feeding us,” she said.

Lucas was raised by her grandmother, who she thought was her mother. She found out who her mother really was after her grandmother died. She discovered that her paternal grandparents lived in the same community but in separate cabins.

Lucas' mother, who also was born in the cabin, moved out in 1981, when the owners sold it.

The cabin was given to the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society and eventually passed on to the Smithsonian. It was was taken apart and reconstructed.

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