Slave Dwelling Project
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THE SATURDAY EVENT, OCTOBER 6, 2012 FROM 11:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M., IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Preservation Virginia is pleased to announce the Slave Dwelling Project is coming to Bacon’s Castle on October 5th and 6th. The project was created by Joe McGill, a descendent of slaves who travels to and sleeps in slave dwellings across the country to raise awareness of the need to preserve these structures so important to our history.
Bacon’s Castle is hosting a two day event. On Friday all children in the Surry County public school system will visit Bacon's Castle. Also on Friday there will be an overnight in the slave dwelling and on Saturday there will be a free open house for the public. Saturday’s open house will include artisans, vendors, food, lectures and tours of Bacon’s Castle, the garden and the slave dwelling.
Friday evening, Joe McGill will sleep inside the slave quarter, constructed in two phases 1829 and 1848, along with Preservation Virginia staff members, two media representatives, two scholarship sponsored university students, one member of the Surry County African American Heritage Society (Joe McGill is featured in the center front row of the photograph above with members of the local African American Heritage Society) and seven members of the general public who will have purchased tickets for the event. Tickets are $50 and include a box dinner and continental breakfast. Click here to register to sleep in the slave cabin.
On Saturday, October 6, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Preservation Virginia is partnering with the Surry County African-American Heritage Society and the Surry Historical Society to sponsor a FREE, presentation for the public by Mr. McGill. He will speak to the need to stabilize the slave quarters and educate people about the lives of slaves in Surry County in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. Preservation Virginia will also assist local organizations in the creation of an oral history project related to the slave cabin at Bacon’s Castle. The Saturday event will feature local craftsmen and vendors, local church choirs, black history story tellers, living-history cooking demonstrations, and tours of Bacon’s Castle and the garden.
Local community groups are who are interested in participating by setting up tables to promote history-related programs and organizations should contact Jennifer Hurst at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-648-1889 extension 315. Vendor application forms can be downloaded here. Participating organizations include the Surry County African-American Heritage Society and the Contraband Historical Society, an organization of concerned citizens, whose mission is to research, preserve and promote the history, legacy, and contributions of the slaves, who were considered “Contraband of War” at Fort Monroe.
Mr. Joseph McGill, Jr. Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, presents his slave dwelling project workshop and will sleep overnight in Bacon's Castle's slave quarters in an effort to interpret and share the african american experience. Join us for this family friendly and most rare event.