1:00 Developing Resources to Preserve African American Slave Dwellings
Joseph McGill Jr., Founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, Magnolia Plantation
When Joseph McGill spent a night in one of the newly restored slave cabins at Magnolia Plantation in May of 2010, his only intent was to bring much-needed attention to these often-neglected dwellings. Now, with over 60 overnight stays in 14 states across the nation, the project is still going strong. This lecture chronicles those stays and the future of the Slave Dwelling Project.
2:30 Drayton Hall and the Ashley River: What Kind of Future Do We Want for Our Past?
George McDaniel, Executive Director, Drayton Hall
Established as a plantation in 1738 when George Washington was six years old, Drayton Hall today is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is open to the public for tours. It is a landmark attraction on the Ashley River, a State Scenic River. Both the Ashley and Drayton Hall played critical roles in the history of the state and nation, but what about their future? Some believe that historic preservation is old-fashioned, while others contend it is creative and is more about the future than the past. This presentation will generate discussion about that question.