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Slave Dwelling Project Comes to Bacon's Castle

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Published on May 30, 2012

The Slave Dwelling Project is an experiential black history program that strives to create a better understanding of the slave experience by promoting the preservation of slave dwellings and honoring the memories of those who lived in them. The Slave Dwelling Project was created in 2010 by Joe McGill, a Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. McGill, a descendant of slaves, created the project to draw attention to the pressing need to preserve deteriorating slave dwellings. McGill travels through the north and south working with communities on historic preservation issues and advising historic property owners. On his site visits he often finds severely deteriorated slave dwellings. Given the opportunity and permission, McGill sleeps in slave cabins in order to highlight the often overlooked modest slave dwelling as an important and irreplaceable part of American history. To date, McGill has spent the night in 28 slave dwellings and has shared his insights through blogs, lectures, public interactions and school programs.

Joe will be coming to Bacon's Castle October 5-6, 2012. There will be spaces available for people to accompany Joe in sleeping in the slave cabin at Bacon's Castle. For more information: www.preservationvirginia.org

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