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” will bring 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 will feature Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project and “Inalienable Rights”, a living history troupe representing enslaved African Americans of the 19th century. Combined participants will sleep 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 will also provide 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 includes 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 suitable for 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.
Friday, October 13, 7 p.m. Cambridge Court House, Cambridge Maryland “Candlelight Remembrance” Program
Saturday, October 14, 2017 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Handsell Historic Site, 4837 Indiantown Road, Vienna, MD 21869 Schedule of Events at Handsell
BUS TOURS of AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORIC SITES, included a stop at Handsell for a “Coming to the Table” Discussion. Departs the HT UGRR Visitors Center at 9 a.m. $10. Please pre-register by calling the Dorchester County Historical Society at 410-228-7953