For the past 3 years Joseph McGill (program officer, National Trust Historic Preservation) has slept in dozens of slave cabins to bring awareness to the preservation and interpretation of these structures. Mr. McGill will visit Sweet Briar's standing slave cabin Sunday, October 7th to give a public lecture at 2pm (in the Sweet Briar Museum). After the lecture he will join Dr. Lynn Rainville to give a tour of the standing slave cabin and the accompanying plantation house (today the President's House). That night he will spend the night in the cabin as part of his efforts to understand the impact of slavery on African Americans. On Monday he will give a public lecture at 12:15 in the Johnson Dining Room where he will talk about his Slave Dwelling Project. Visit Mr. McGill's website to learn more about his previous visits and the impact of his project: Low Country Africana blog.
Publicity: WLNI Interview with Brian Weigand. On-line story.
Sweet Briar News article by Jennifer McManamay.
The News and Advance column by Darrell Laurant.