For the first time ever, the Slave Dwelling Project is coming to Red Hill! Founder Joseph McGill, Jr., will sleep overnight in our historic Coachman’s Cabin and participate in the annual Tribute to the Quarter Place Community on October 14th.
Mr. McGill will also host a “campfire conversation” just after sunset on October 13th where the public is invited to learn, listen, and engage in telling the stories of enslaved persons. Red Hill is fortunate to be one of the nearly 100 historic sites Mr. McGill has stayed at.
About the Slave Dwelling Project
The Slave Dwelling Project was founded by Joseph McGill, Jr. to raise awareness and organize resources to preserve, interpret, maintain, and sustain extant slave dwellings and other structures significant to the stories of enslaved persons.
Mr. McGill travels around the country sleeping overnight in slave dwellings to bring history alive. He also gives talks and presents living history programs, such as “Inalienable Rights: Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved”. The Projects provides consultation for those interested in preserving a slave dwelling and holds a major annual conference.
The Project’s core values hope to uplift the voices of the enslaved, tell the truth, accept psychological discomfort in service of their Mission, and take pride in the diversity of their group.
About Joseph McGill, Jr.
Mr. McGill is a history consultant for Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, and the founder and director of The Slave Dwelling Project. Previously, as a field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mr. McGill worked to revitalize the Sweet Auburn commercial district in Atlanta, Georgia, and to develop a management plan for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area. He is a former executive director of the African American Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a former director of history and culture at Penn Center, St. Helena Island, South Carolina. He has also served as a National Park Service park ranger at Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston.