The Slave Dwelling Project

Developing Resources to Preserve African American Slave Dwellings

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2016 Slave Dwelling Project Conference Announced!

September 19 – 21, 2016 • Columbia, South Carolina

2016 Slave Dwelling Project Conference

Call for Presenters is Open Until April 11, 2016

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

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The Slave Dwelling Project’s mission is to identify and assist property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings. Find out more about how you can help!
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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 Slave Dwelling Project Conference.

2016 Conference

2016 Conference

The 2016 Slave Dwelling Project Conference will take place in Columbia, South Carolina September 19 – 21, 2016. We are accepting applications for presenters until Monday, April 11, 2016.

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

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Recent Overnight Stays and Public Programs

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...

Trouble in Tiger Town

Clemson University has been in the news a lot lately. Their football team playing for the national championship is no small feat. I have been visiting the campus a lot lately because my daughter is a freshman there. But everything is not right in Tiger Town. Someone...

Somewhere Near the Mason Dixon Line

The act of sleeping in an extant slave dwelling is simple. Finding them on the other hand can be more of a challenge. The act of finding them is now made simple because the Slave Dwelling Project now has loyal Ambassadors who can help in locating these extant slave...

Commemorating the 13th Amendment to the Constitution

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution declared that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their...

I Get by With a Little Help From My Friends

I got excited when I was invited to join a panel at the National Preservation Conference in Washington, DC. The chance to hang out with some of my ex-coworkers of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and continue to network for the Slave Dwelling Project was...

They Lived Where They Worked

Five years of sleeping in slave dwellings has given the Slave Dwelling Project relevance beyond my wildest dreams. Sleeping in these dwellings as well as sharing the knowledge gained through giving lectures is beginning to strike an equal balance. I did not anticipate...

Compromising Missouri and Rhode Island Rebs

When I received a letter from Missouri’s Little Dixie Heritage Foundation in 2010 my first instinct was to brace myself for some language laced with hate. With the Slave Dwelling Project just getting traction and my limited knowledge of southern sympathizers,...

“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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