In March, Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site hosted a Preservation Celebration, held in conjunction with the annual Brazoria Heritage Festival. Transportation to the site was provided for festival attendees, and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) received recognition from the Brazoria Heritage Foundation for preservation work on the plantation house. The celebration offered a chance for community residents and stakeholders to get an up-close look at the recently completed foundation stabilization and exterior restoration of the house. Several of the project partners were in attendance.
|Brazosport Choral Union|
|State Rep. Dennis Bonnen speaking|
|Levi Jordan descendant Ginny McNeil Raska speaking|
|Dr. Ken Brown giving a tour of the slave quarters area|
|This carved shell cameo was one of thousands of artifacts found at Levi Jordan Plantation that offer unique insight into the lives of African Americans in 19th century Texas.|
|The sankofa is a West African tribal symbol (seen added to the spoon handle) that acknowledges the importance of looking to the past for guidance in everyday life.|
|Community tree thumbprints|
|Slave-made brick with thumbprint|
Complimentary commemorative buttons featuring images of the house, sankofa, and cameo—one of the amazing artifacts recovered from the quarters excavation—were available to guests as a memento of the special day.
|Levi Jordan descendants|
|Brazoria Heritage Foundation award|
|Preservation project team|
|Event buttons for attendees|