Slave Dwelling Project Returns to Louisville: Shifting the Narrative

Slave Dwelling Project Returns to Louisville: Shifting the Narrative image

“It’s a pleasure that through this pandemic, historic sites are still building relationships with descendants of enslaved people.” –  Joe McGill, Executive Director, The Slave Dwelling Project

The Louisville Coalition on the History of the Enslaved, which includes Farmington Historic Plantation, Historic Locust Grove, Oxmoor Farm and Riverside: The Farnsley-Moremen Landing, welcomed Joe McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project. McGill is an educator, Civil War re-enactor, and descendant of enslaved people. The Slave Dwelling Project began in 2010 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina and has since spread to 25 states and the District of Columbia on 150 historic sites. McGill’s work has focused on changing the narrative, one slave dwelling at a time, as he attempts to spend the night in every former slave dwelling still standing in the United States. McGill was joined by living historians Jerome Bias and Rodney Prioleau for a weekend of programming on October 22-23. Programming was offered at all four historic sites.

We are thrilled to announce that the coalition received the “Engaged Citizens” award from the Kentucky Historical Society in 2021.  The coalition and the October event with the Slave Dwelling Project was also recognized by the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression at their year-end program. Click on the link below to view the video regarding the Engaged Citizens award from Kentucky Historical Society.

The Coalition is currently planning programming for 2022. Please stay tuned to our websites for updates! Here are some snippets from this year’s program.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support!