Save the Date: Living History Lesson "The Slave Dwelling Project" by Joseph McGill


  • Old Governor's Mansion 502 North Boulevard Baton Rouge, LA, 70802 United States

Preserve Louisiana will host a panel at the Old Governor's Mansion at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 16, featuring Joseph McGill of The Slave Dwelling Project and other preservationists who will explore the interpretation of difficult history. The experience will continue with a sleep over at the slave cabins at Oakley Plantation on Saturday, March 18.

The Slave Dwelling Project is a nationally recognized initiative that explores plantation life from the viewpoint of the slaves. It strives to bring attention to extant slave quarters by inviting people to spend the night in buildings once occupied by slaves.

McGill is a preservationist at the Magnolia Plantation in South Carolina and was inspired to pioneer the project after spending years as a Civil War re-en-actor. He began with a strict focus on South Carolina, sleeping on bedrolls and dirt floors, then traveled across the country. During his travels, he's visited more than 80 dwellings in a variety of conditions in Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

He will enlighten the audience with his experiences and detail the settings of the forgotten shacks and cabins spread across plantation estates. McGill also invites guest to spend the night in the slave cabins located at Oakley Plantation March 18. For more information and to request to participate in the sleepover, contact Fairleigh at fairleigh@preserve-louisiana.org.

Special thanks to the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development for their support of this project.

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