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Developing Resources to Preserve African American Slave Dwellings

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2016 Slave Dwelling Project Conference

September 19-21, 2016 • Columbia, South Carolina

Now that I have the attention of the public by sleeping in extant slave dwellings, it is time to wake up and deliver the message that the people who lived in these structures were not a footnote in American history.

– Joseph McGill, Founder of the Slave Dwelling Project
2016 Conference

2016 Conference

The 2016 Slave Dwelling Project Conference will take place in Columbia, South Carolina September 19 – 21, 2016.

Goodwill Plantation Living History

Goodwill Plantation Living History

Join us on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 for a living history outing to Goodwill Plantation, an historic plantation and national historic district located near Eastover, Richland County, SC.

Slave Dwelling Project Overnight Stays

2016 Schedule

We have a lot in store for 2016! Send us a message if it looks like we will be near you – we’d love to meet up! Additionally, we hope you will join us for the 2016 Conference.

Thank you to Richland County Conservation Commission for sponsoring the 2016 Slave Dwelling Project Conference

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This overnight stay highlighted for me in a personal and physical way what the lives of enslaved people might have been like. It made me much more thoughtful about the harsh contrast between the lives of free, privileged, European American slave owners, like my own ancestors, and the lives of the enslaved and intentionally deprived African American people.

– Prinny Anderson, Coming to the Table

Latest Stays

Recent Overnight Stays and Public Programs

What was Hope to the Enslaved

There are those who still hold President Thomas Jefferson to the highest esteem. For those who do, to involve him in the activities of the Slave Dwelling Project can be somewhat offensive to some of them. I’ve gotten push back from some of those who still question the...

Mississippi and Slave Dwellings as Classrooms

I love it when a good plan comes together. For five consecutive years, I have been going to Holly Springs, Mississippi to participate in the Behind the Big House Tour. My friends in Holly Springs figured it out early that there was more to the story than what was...

Seventeen and Counting

And just like that, the number of states that I have now spent a night in a slave dwelling is seventeen. On Friday, May 13, 2016, I was joined by Jerome Bias and Jodi Barnes to conduct that sleepover. Dr. Jodi Barnes is Station Archeologist & Research Assistant...

Montpelier and the Power of Archaeology

In honoring the enslaved Ancestors, there are some collaborations that are destined to happen. One such collaboration is the one that the Slave Dwelling Project has developed with Montpelier, the home of our fourth President James Madison and First Lady Dolly Madison....

Cooleemee Plantation and the Stay that Almost Was

When an article about the Slave Dwelling Project appeared in the October 2013 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine, I was shortly thereafter contacted by Jonathan Williams. He was a Social Studies teacher and Assistant Principal at McMichael High School in Mayodan, North...

“Who Speak Fuh’ We? WE Speak Fuh’ WE!” The work of The Slave Dwelling Project, Inc. is profound. The dwellings that we have to save remind me of a South African word, “Azuka”, meaning “help is imperative”. I am honored to be a member of the Project. We will raise the bar on cultural heritage preservation throughout the United States and abroad. I encourage folks to come on board, “Jine WE.”

– Patt Gunn, Geechee Girl Productions

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I can say that the experience has made me a better person. It’s taught me humility for those who lived daily in the conditions I experienced for only 12 hours. It’s shown me an importance in knowing and attempting to learn about your history. Most of all, it has proven that history is real. Justin Castor, Student

I was thankful for the act of remembrance and the ability to do so in a cultural way; in ways that my ancestors would have been punished for on many plantations. It was there in the sanctuary that I gave thanks of knowing and living the words of the ancestors … “Lest we forget.” My chant to them on the altar was, “You are not forgotten. We remember you with praise and honor.” Toni Renee Battle

All I can say about Joe’s stay and “By the Sweat of Our Brows” is: if you didn’t make it, I’m sorry you missed it. You had to have been there to experience the power. Dontavius Williams, Historical Interpreter, Historic Brattonsville

Slave Dwellings, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC

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