Slave Dwelling Project Came to Dorchester!

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WBOC 16 News Story on the Project  Wednesday October 11, 2017

All About Slave Dwelling Project Comes to Dorchester  (Press Release and History of Event)

Presented by the Harriet Tubman Organization and the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance

Oct 13-14, 2017

Where:  Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad  Visitor Center, Historic High Street Cambridge, Maryland  and Handsell Historic Site, Vienna, Maryland

In celebration of Dorchester County’s rich African American heritage, the “Slave Dwelling Project Comes to Dorchester” brought attention to little known county historic structures that once served as dwelling houses, churches or other cultural and utilitarian uses in the lives of African Americans. This project featured Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project and “Inalienable Rights”, a living history troupe representing enslaved African Americans of the 19th century.  Combined participants slept overnight at the Bayley House Slave Cabin in Cambridge and then in the Handsell Slave Chamber in Vienna.  With an impressive group of partners, the project provided an opportunity for the public to have discussions guided by members of Coming to the Table about the history and legacy of enslavement in the United States.  The weekend included multiple events at various sites around the county, discussions led by members of the National Coming to the Table organization, living history re enactors, music and other historic demonstrations that were enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

Presenters and Partners: Harriet Tubman Organization, Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance, Slave Dwelling Project, Coming to the Table, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park,  National Underground Railroad  Network to Freedom, Dorchester County Historical Society.  Sponsored by Elks Lodge #223, NRG Energy, Dorchester Center for the Arts, Healing Hands Animal Hospital, The Drug Store, Harman’s Septic Care.

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Friday, October 13, 7 p.m. Cambridge Court House, Cambridge Maryland  “Candlelight Remembrance”  Program

Participants from the Slave Dwelling Project at the Cambridge CourtHouse for the “Candlelight Remembrance”.

A moving and inspirational event at the Bayly cabin.

Interior of the Bayly Cabin

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Handsell Historic Site, 4837 Indiantown Road, Vienna, MD 21869

Schedule of Events at Handsell

Slave re enactors prepare dinner in the Handsell Kitchen



“Ned Hector”, a Revolutionary War freeman, portrayed by Noah Lewis.

Living HIstory in the Handsell parlor.

Massachusetts Colored Troops at Handsell, Civil War










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