Why would anyone want to spend the night in a former slave cabin? Historic preservationist Joseph McGill has done so all across the state of South Carolina and says his quest to sleep in as many slave cabins across the state helps him tell the stories of America.
Joseph McGill, program officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation says there are still many of these cabins in existence.
I feel that these structures are a way to tell the real story of America. Not only the story of the big house, if you will, but those structures that were associated with those big houses –those plantations houses that housed the slaves, that made that plantation work.
McGill says he’s helping to bring attention to efforts to save these old dwellings that are a significant part of the African-American experience in the Palmetto State.
We have accomplished quite a bit in telling the African-American story. By keeping these structures on the landscape it helps us to weave that story into the American story. It helps us to tell that story on a continual basis.
McGill says they need help in identifying other cabins and to preserve these landmarks for future generations.
I’m sure there are other structures out there that I’m not aware of, and I would like to know about those. So, if one should know of a slave cabin out there that is not getting the attention that it needs, or a slave cabin that’s out there deteriorating, we want to know about that. So that, hopefully we can identify some resources out there so that we can restore these places.
For more information contact: www.preservationnation.org.