Y’all know about the Slave Dwelling Project, right? If not, now’s the time.
The Slave Dwelling Project’s mission is to identify and assist property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings.
As someone who grew up on a plantation that still had standing slave dwellings and worries – still – that those buildings will not be tended well, as someone who has seen what happens when these buildings aren’t noted and mapped, as someone who has had the honor of walking into dozens of slave dwellings and touching the walls and mantels where enslaved people laid their hands, I cannot get behind this work enough.
The Project is having a conference in September 2016 in Columbia, SC, and I have been invited to speak there. I’m completely honored, and I’d love to see some of you there, too. You can get details about the conference here – http://slavedwellingproject.org/2016-slave-dwelling-project-chas/.
If you’d like to see where Joseph McGill, the Project’s founder, and his team will be staying this year, check out this link.
And if you have access to a standing slave dwelling, why not invite Joe and his team to spend a night there? You can contact him about that possibility through this link.
I’ve had the honor of meeting and speaking with Joe and members of the Project on several occasions, including during their visit in 2015 to Monticello, and I am always impressed by their passion and commitment.
It’s definitely worth your time to get to know their work.
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