James Madison's Montpelier

Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, and fourth President of the United States. Montpelier interprets James Madison’s celebrated contributions to the U.S. Constitution while also provoking conversations that explore his challenging and contradictory legacy around slavery in America.

Northern Light designed linear and interactive media for an exhibit that explores the history of Montpelier’s enslaved community. The exhibit connects the experiences of six generations of African Americans who lived on this plantation while also exploring their relationship to the larger story of slavery in American history. Components of the exhibit are installed in the mansion cellars and the South Yard structures, including a 5-monitor linear film, interactive touchscreen kiosks, and a multi-projector dramatization of the life of one of the Madisons' slaves.