……..and the District of Columbia

……..and the District of Columbia

While this nation was engaged in its Civil War, slavery still existed in our nation’s capital of Washington, DC. Slavery did not end there until April 1862. It is highly likely that structures built in Washington, DC before 1860 were built and/or lived in by enslaved...
We Grew Up Together

We Grew Up Together

“When I woke up the next morning, it saddened me when I read negative comments about me sleeping in slave cabins. The most hurtful is that it’s from our community.   The comments are “Why are you doing this,” “Why don’t you leave slavery in the past,” and “Why...
Their Lives Mattered and so did They

Their Lives Mattered and so did They

“Do you know descendants of slave owners who are proud that their Ancestors owned slaves?” From the mouth of a 7th grader, this question was quite profound. Yet profound, I had to give her an answer as we stood in the Hugh Craft slave quarters in Holly Springs,...
Georgia, Slave Cabins and Garden Clubs

Georgia, Slave Cabins and Garden Clubs

Five stays into the 2015 Slave Dwelling Project season and I had not yet added a new extant structure to the portfolio. I did spend a night at an archaeological dig site at Hampton Plantation in Charleston County, South Carolina but I slept in a tent because there was...

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