“The Slave Dwelling Project gives an opportunity of sleeping in a slave quarter......Wow..... The realistic humbling experience of that night....Wow....This was such an eye-opener and experience that I would recommend to each and every one of all colors, creeds and ethnicities. The powerful movement that the Slave Dwelling Project is giving to those is something that should not be overlooked or taken lightly.”……… Corey Alston
Fort Moultrie to Host a Special Program on the History of the Pest Houses and the Slave Dwelling Project by Joe McGill on July 15
SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, SC – On Saturday, July 15, at 1 pm Joseph McGill, Jr. will present a special program on the history of the pest houses on Sullivan’s Island, and the Slave Dwelling Project at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center. This event is made possible with financial assistance from Eastern National, the park’s museum store, and the South Carolina Humanities Council. Park entrance fees, $3 for adults and $1 for senior citizens, will apply for this program.
The Slave Dwelling Project, founded by Mr. McGill, focuses on identifying slave cabins and how to preserve them. Mr. McGill increases the awareness of these slave dwellings by spending the night in them, and presenting programs. He is also the founder of Company “I” 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment in Charleston, South Carolina. He has worked as a field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation; as Executive Director of the African American Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Director of History and Culture at Penn Center; and a park ranger at Fort Sumter National Monument. He is also a member of the South Carolina Humanities Council Speakers Bureau and an Air Force veteran.
The first pest house was built on Sullivan’s Island in 1707. Over the next 80 years four pest houses were located between Fort Moultrie and the western end of Sullivan’s Island. When ships arrived carrying infectious diseases, their free or enslaved passengers were quarantined either aboard ship on in island pest houses. Later on, quarantine stations moved to James Island and in the 1830s to Morris Island.
Fort Moultrie is located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. The site is administered by the National Park Service as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument. Fort Moultrie represents the entire history of static seacoast defense in the United States, from the American Revolution to the end of World War II. The site is open daily from 9:00-5:00 and includes a visitor center with museum exhibits and an orientation film.