Slave Dwelling Project

$1,645 of $850 goal

Raised by 24 people in 44 months
Joseph McGill  LADSON, SC




For the past three years, the Slave Dwelling Project has brought much needed attention to extant slave dwellings throughout the Unitied States. After spending nights in 45 former slave dwellings in 12 states, including Connecticut and Pennsylvania, it is time to move the project to the next level. I am going through the process of obtaining a 501 c 3 non-profit status for the project which has a filing fee of $850.00. Once non-profit staus is obtained, more substantial funding can be raised for stabilizing buildings that are in immediate danger of collapse. Once stabilized, a long range plan for restoration, preventive maintenance and interpretation can be developed.
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Update 12
Posted by Joseph McGill
43 months ago
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As I celebrate, I weep. I celebrate because: 1) A national story on the Slave Dwelling Project was done by the Associated Press. 2) The plans for the Slave Dwelling Project National Conference are going well. It will be held in Savannah, GA, Thursday "“ Saturday, September 18 "“ 20, 2014. 3) I addressed the Campbell family reunion on Myrtle Beach today. Their ancestors were enslaved at Laurelwood Plantation in Eastover, SC a past stay for the Slave Dwelling Project. 4) I got an invitation to stay at the Octagon House in Washington, DC. I WEEP BECAUSE WITHIN THE LAST 24 HOURS, A FORMER SLAVE DWELLING IN LEXINGTON, MISSOURI WAS DEMOLISHED. Thank you for your continued support.
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Update 11
Posted by Joseph McGill
44 months ago
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Update 10
Posted by Joseph McGill
44 months ago
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Confirming that Thursday, September 18 "“ Saturday, September 20, 2014 is when the first Slave Dwelling Project conference will occur in Savannah, GA; fact checking an article about the project that will appear in the October issue of a major magazine; giving an entity the thumbs up to write the Slave Dwelling project into their NEH grant, proves that yesterday was a great day for the project. Please hold that conference date on your calendars for there will be details to follow.
Slave Cabin at Magnolia Plantation
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Update 9
Posted by Joseph McGill
44 months ago
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For the past few days, I have been concentrating on the extant slave dwellings of which I will have the opportunity to spend the night in the year 2014. For the third consecutive year, I will participate in the Behind the Big House Tour in Holly Springs, Mississippi, for my friends there have long known that there is more to the American story than what is contained in the architecturally significant "big house." Now we just have to convince other established historic house tours to do the same. Cane River Creole National Historic Park in Natchitoches, LA will give me the first opportunity to break through National Park Service bureaucracy for a stay there. Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas and the Lee Fendall House will give me the opportunity to add to the portfolio the number of places stayed in Virginia, the state that arguably benefitted more than any other state from the internal slave trade. Marquette University High School which is located in Milwaukee, WI will bring a group of students that will share two nights with me in two different slave dwellings in the low country of South Carolina.
Still in the negotiating stages for possible stays are: Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island, NY and the Royal House and Slave Quarters, Medford, MA. More under my control is the fact that there will be a Slave Dwelling Project Conference in 2014. The next update will have a "save the date" notice for same.
I give this update because for the past few days I have been getting reminders that I have not received a donation in four days. The reason is obvious, you avid supporters have put this campaign above and beyond the stated goal so thank you once more. If you are aware of extant slave dwellings, in whatever condition they might be, please pass that information on to me so that I may add it to the inventory that I am currently maintaining and remember that you are welcome to join me in a future sleepover in an extant slave dwelling. Any additional funds given to this campaign will be used to acquire the software necessary for operating a non-profit and building a much needed website. Again thank you.
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$1,645 of $850 goal

Raised by 24 people in 44 months
Created July 25, 2013
SM
$15
Shelley Murphy
43 months ago

Keep doing what you are doing!

CT
$50
Carlin Timmons
44 months ago
$100
Anonymous
44 months ago
TH
$500
Tony Horwitz
44 months ago
AS
$50
Alada Shinault-Small
44 months ago

You're doing an outstanding job of spreading awareness and promoting preservation of our cultural treasures.

SB
$25
Scott Barton
44 months ago

a noteworthy project. when i get back home, i would love to meet and talk with you in person...

$5
Michael Ceci
44 months ago

Please keep me in the loop on your work. I'm very interested.

$50
Anonymous
44 months ago
JH
$100
Joan Hazelton
44 months ago
$50
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44 months ago
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