Join Friends of McLeod for a Free Lecture by Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project
What: Free Lectue by Joseph McGill, Creator of the Slave Dwelling Project
When: Tuesday, September 18
Where: 217 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC
---August 26, 2012 The Friends of McLeod, Inc. invite the public to attend a free presentation by Joseph McGill who will speak on his Slave Dwelling Project on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 pm at the DNR auditorium at Fort Johnson, 217 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC.
McGill is with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is a reenactor with the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. To quote one source, “His message is strikingly simple. He spends the night in various slave dwellings (cabins or quarters within homes) as they currently exist throughout the United States to convey a direct message - This Place Matters.”
McGill has spent the night in 36 extant slave dwellings in 11 states. On June 19, 2010 (Juneteenth), he spent the night at McLeod Plantation and was accompanied by two fellow Civil War reenactors, one of whom is a descendent of an enslaved family at McLeod.
“McLeod is a perfect example of restoring buildings that have the potential to tell a segment of the complete story of Americaʼs past,” says McGill. “More specifically, the slave cabins are a rare part of the African American-built environment that has often been only a footnote in American history,” adds McGill.
McGillʼs presentation is suitable for students, families and friends. When McLeod Plantation is opened to the public, possibly next year, this lecture is one of a series of informative topics that the Friends of McLeod are preparing so all will have some knowledge about the beauty and the history of what they will see at this last remaining plantation on James Island.
A reception will be held after the lecture so everyone can meet Mr. McGill.
This program is co-sponsored with a grant from The SC Humanities Council.