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A Letter from Joseph McGill

Find out what drove founder, Joseph McGill, to embark on the journey that is the Slave Dwelling Project

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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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An Evening at Magnolia Plantation

An Evening at Magnolia Plantation with Joseph McGill

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“Sacred Places” – A Walking Tour of Downtown Savannah’s Extant Slave Dwellings

“Sacred Places” – A Walking Tour of Downtown Savannah’s Extant Slave Dwellings

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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

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With overnight stays in more than sixty extant slave dwellings, people appear to be most surprised when I mention stays in northern states. The stay at the slave quarters at the Royall House in Medford, Massachusetts seemed to test that theory the most. While some...

Cotton Fields, Slave Dwellings and Librarians

Cotton fields were abound on the route that I took to get to the slave dwelling of which I was going to spend the night in Camden, South Carolina. Passing by those fields of cotton made me more aware of the slave labor that was involved historically in its production....

Self Emancipation

  The stay at the Crocket – Miller Slave Quarters in James City, NC was a lesson on how our enslaved ancestors emancipated themselves. The institution of slavery had my ancestors in a situation where they had to acquiesce to the system of lifetime bondage which was...

A Room Without A Roof

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Wisconsin Had Slaves?

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Tennessee’s Unwilling Volunteers

Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and now Tennessee are the states of which I have spent at least one night in an extant slave dwelling. To make up for lost time,...

North Carolina, Turtle Stew and Family Reunions

With stays at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, the Hall House Kitchen and Slave Dwelling in Salisbury and Stagville in Durham, the state of North Carolina is beginning to be well represented in the number of places I’ve spent nights in extant slave dwellings. The...

Bureaucracy Be Damned!

After spending nights in fifty four extant slave dwellings in twelves states over the past four years, one would think that I would have slept at a National Park Service site by now. Until I got the invitation from Cane River Creole National Historic Park that was not...

“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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