This lecture will chronicle these stays and inform the audience on the future of the Slave Dwelling Project.
Slave residences are important spaces in American history and have been interpreted in numerous ways by historic parks and museums. These sites serve as important reminders of the daily lives of enslaved individuals and as such can serve as points of reflection and commemoration. At the same time, these are often sites of neglect and the general public is often unaware of their existence. Since 2010, Joseph McGill has spent nights in extant slave dwellings in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The purpose of the sleepovers is to bring much needed attention to these often neglected dwellings in order to encourage preservation and interpretation of these sites. As part of this talk, McGill will reflect upon these experiences in relation to preservation and commemoration efforts related to slavery and its legacy in the United States