This is another wonderful post that reveals the history of slave dwellings brought to us by Joseph McGill Jr. and the Slave Dwelling Project. I cannot think of a greater experience than going back to the place where our ancestors lived during slavery. Thank you so much, Joe, for writing about your experiences and sharing them. It is the next best thing besides being there. If these wonderful updates have kept you fascinated or helped you learn more, please leave a comment. Thank you!
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|Joe at Roper Mountain Slave Cabin|
This would be my second venture into the upstate of South Carolina to stay in a former slave dwelling. The first was Morris Street in Anderson early in the project. I first learned about the building at Roper Mountain years ago when an application for funding the move came across my desk. At that time, the Slave Dwelling Project was only an idea but I did make a request to spend a night in the dwelling at some point in the future.
|Roper Mountain visitors|
The center provides science classes for school children across South Carolina and also teaches in-service programs. It sits on 62 acres with classrooms/labs, a pioneer farm, nature trails, a planetarium and observatory, life science labs, a rainforest and an amphitheater. Public programs at the center are limited to Friday with the "Starry Nights" program and the Second Saturday is public day. I discovered that I was not going to spend the night alone in the dwelling. Thomas Riddle, a local history teacher and his son, Ben, would spend the night with me.
|Joe and Thomas Riddle in Roper Mountain Slave Cabin|
|Thomas Riddle (left) Ben Riddle (right)|
- Stay and lecture at Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, Maryland, July 9-10
- Family reunion lecture, Charleston, SC , July 30
- Lecture, Greenwood County Historical Society, July 31
- Lecture, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis Missouri, August 14
- Panel Discussion, American Association of State and Local History, Richmond, VA, Sept. 14 – 17
Expert on slave quarters to speak at Bellamy Mansion
Saving slave cabins one at a time