Meet the Iowa Architect Documenting Every Slave House Still Standing

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"Jobie Hill has visited 700 former residences. Many have been abandoned. Some have become storage space. Others are B&Bs....

Since 2012, Hill has surveyed hundreds of structures that she believes once served as a home to enslaved African Americans. More often than not, the buildings bear no visible trace of their past ... Hill is determined to build a first-of-its-kind database that honors and preserves these spaces in more than memory, and to unite the houses with the stories of people who once inhabited them."

Source: Sabrina Imbler, Atlas Obscura, February 26, 2020,

Learn more on Saving Slave Houses and watch Jobie Hill's TEDx talk.