5th Annual Slave Dwelling Project Conference: Slavery, Resistance, and Community

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October 24, 2018 to October 27, 2018
Tennessee, United States
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African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Public History, Slavery

“Now that I have the attention of the public by sleeping in extant slave dwellings, it is time to wake up and deliver the message that the people who lived in these structures were not a footnote in American history.”–Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, Civil War re-enactor, and descendant of the enslaved.

"Slavery, Resistance, and Community" will be the fifth-annual Slave Dwelling Project conference. The focus of the conference will go far beyond slave dwellings themselves to look at the topic of slavery in the United States and its influence on American society and culture. The conference is being organized by the Slave Dwelling Project and the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation, with major support from the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. The conference will take place at Middle Tennessee State University, thirty minutes from Nashville. The keynote speaker will be Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad. The conference will include two days of speakers and panelists; film screenings, musical performances, and art exhibits; an optional overnight stay at historic Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center; and an optional field trip to Nashville historic sites, including the Hermitage, Fort Negley, and Clover Bottom. The conference is designed for attendees from a range of scholarly disciplines and professional backgrounds.

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