The central points of the systematic mutilation of thousands of people living and dying in slavery. Also the most direct and primal American translation of European Palladianism, usually built with brick and stone, the blood and the bones of the land. States like Maryland recognize the horrors and attempt to pay tribute to the lives lost in and around the manors by converting the manor grounds into educational parks, while in Virginia some privately owned manor houses are used as clubhouses for country clubs and rented out for weddings. The contrast between contemporary uses is jarring, as is the purity of the architectural expression amidst such past crimes against humanity.