Historic Note - Jonesburg, MO
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N 38° 51.168 W 091° 18.364
15S E 646988 N 4301805
This whole area, western St. Charles County, Warren Couty was tobacco country before the Civil War.
Waymark Code: WMNWHN
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 05/12/2015
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Geo Ferret
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County of marker: Montgomery County
Location of marker: Massass Rd. & E. Boonslick Rd., Jonesburg
Date marker erected: April 1992
Marker erected by: Jonesburg Historical Society

Marker text:

This slave cabin was built on Wright Smith Tobacco Plantation in 1837 and was located 1½ miles southeast of Jonesburg, was moved to this site April 1992 by Jonesburg Historical Society

History of Mark:
Plantation owner Colonel John Smith moved to Missouri with his family in 1837. The Smiths brought with them 250 enslaved black people including two listed by name as “Aunt Polly” and “Uncle Frank” who were in charge of the others. Like many owners of enslaved black people, the Smiths claimed that theirs were “like family.” But the brutal truth of plantation life for those enslaved does not correspond to this idealized version of the relationship between an owner and those enslaved. However, close relationships often did develop particularly between those who served as a nurse or nanny and the babies and children they cared for.

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