Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sleeping in Slave Quarters


Joe McGill, a program officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has been speending nights sleeping in slave cabins in South Carolina to attract attention to preserve these structures. He plans to spend Saturday night (July 24th) at the cabins at Hobcaw Baroney.

McGill said he was doing this for the slaves "to give them a voice for what they endured." He has slept five nights in various slave quarters which has helped "him connect with his ancestors."

McGill is also a re-enactor with the 54th Massachusetts.

For those readers who wish to experience slave life there are several bed and breakfasts that offer the opportunity to sleep in former slave quarters. You might also want to read Family Life in the Slave Quarters: Survivial Strategies by Mariee Jenkins Schwartz.

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