In time, these traditions mixed and what had been purely African became part of African American tradition. Some slave descendants still use May Rain. The carpenters, joiners, and masons who built the 14-room mansion where Josiah Collins III lived, as well as the the 37 houses in the enslaved community, and the plantation's barns and mills, passed on their skills to their sons. The cooks, spinners, weavers, laundresses, and housemaids passed all they knew to their daughters. And the plowmen and field hands passed on their knowledge about working the land.


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