A historian believes that Americans should learn from the old cabins that slaves lived in, just as they would from the beautiful plantation buildings of their masters more than 150 years ago.
The State newspaper reports the goal of the Slave Dwelling Project, started by historian Joe McGill, is to identify and assist property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve extant slave homes.
The three-day conference began Monday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The theme is “Using Extant Slave Dwellings to Change the Narrative.”
McGill said there’s a tendency in the U.S. to focus history on those who kept and owned slaves, rather than upon the slaves themselves. The purpose of the group’s work is to become a clearinghouse for the identification of resources to document and preserve slave dwellings.
The Slave Dwelling Project started its third annual conference in Columbia on Monday.