50 thoughts on “George Washington’s Enslaved Chef: Hercules”

  1. Brenda is such a wonderful and talented woman. I‘ve seen her in different videos and each time I listed to every word she said.

  2. Thank you again for these videos, these little glimpses into the lives of people who were enslaved. I feel as though I am celebrating and mourning at the same time. What strength it took to survive daily. What bravery and courage there was in deciding that they were worth the risk and dignity of freedom. What sin we committed in daily denying that right to them.

  3. Extrodinary circumstamces force you to make extrodinary choices. Good video, I do feel terrible for Hercules and his children and the uncertainty inherit in slavery

  4. This is such a great video with a great storyteller. I added this video to my website Tellers Untold where we focus on untold stories in black history for our kids to learn. https://www.tellersuntold.com/our-blog/2019/7/18/ni3bv0mbijav1h5i08yqml95x9kmz0.
    Thank yoU!

  5. So glad Hercules got away and experienced freedom! But sad for his children, no mother, father gone. Then the girls separated from their brother.
    I guess the slaves had to bottle up their emotions.
    No, I'm not black. Just an elderly lady who misses her children and lived with oppression my whole life.

  6. He abandoned his children, and I understand he fled for freedom. Sad, though! Those young people were separated like cattle. Our Blackness is so amazing! Thank you for sharing this history. Blessings 🙏

  7. What a tragic story. They keep separating these families. All my people working and not getting paid a dime. I am glad Hercules ran away. RIP to all my ancestors involved in this tragic era of terror and brutality. I can’t imagine what they went through.

  8. i hate when she does the slave accent and the lily in her voice when detailing the services the enslaved rendered to their massahs, their burden.

  9. Ill never understand how you fight so fiercely for your own freedom, yet deny others theirs…. Hypocrisy at it's ugliest.

  10. Hard to accept… But Hercules would dress up in fine clothes and make money on the side… And leave his kids to be slaves while he enjoys freedom alone???

  11. I love the way you narrate!! I could listen to you narrate all day. I had never heard of these stories. It's like all their lives were intertwined. I'm so mad that he abandoned his children though! Damn black daddy!! And Eliza was pure evil!!

  12. Delia is a great name !!! My children’s Grandmum’s name is Odelia Chain Rivers Chase Dove Cooper from Montgomery County Maryland ! I love her so much I named my daughter Adelia !!!

  13. from what I read he was a tyrant and a terror to the other slaves working under him…..same thing today!!! and yes I live right here in "heart of darkness", D.C….screw George Washington!!!!!

  14. If I was his chef he would of been dead on the first meal preparation. There is nothing special about this story, it's tragic. And the background music is Desrespectful. Sounds like you are glorifying slavery.

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