Slave Dwelling Project
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.
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.