Friday, June 8, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
On Friday, June 8 , we are excited to welcome Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, a non-profit organization based in South Carolina. The mission of the organization is to preserve slave dwellings throughout the country. To draw attention to these important places, Mr. McGill started sleeping in them. This adventure began in 2010 when Magnolia Plantation in South Carolina was trying to draw attention to a restoration project focused on its slave cabins. Mr. McGill, an avid Civil War reenactor and descendant of enslaved people took the step to sleep in the cabins to bring more attention to their need for preservation. Since that first successful sleepover, Joseph has slept in ninety sites in 18 states.
Come here him talk about his work with The Slave Dwelling Project.
Mr. McGill had a long history working with historic sites from his position as a field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to his work as the Executive Director of the African American Museum located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Director of History and Culture at Penn Center, St. Helena Island, South Carolina, and Park Ranger at Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, South Carolina.