Magnolia Plantation

Living History


Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved

Magnolia and the Slave Dwelling Project will present “Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved” on October 8th and 9th, 2021

This event will be held at the restored cabins that once housed enslaved workers at Magnolia. “Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved” is offered in cooperation with the Slave Dwelling Project, created by Joseph McGill, Magnolia’s History and Culture Coordinator. It will be an in-person, safely socially distanced event. “This is our opportunity to tell our own stories,” McGill says. “We’ve assembled a group of African American historians who’re doing ongoing research to bring up close and authentic educational demonstrations to the public.”

Through the Slave Dwelling Project, McGill has traveled to more than 25 states to spend the night in nearly 150 structures that were once the homes of enslaved families. He launched the project at Magnolia eleven years ago

Friday evening will include a fireside discussion from 6:00-8:00pm. Space is limited so please reserve a spot with the following link.

Fireside Discussion

Saturday, October 9th from 10:00 am-3:00 pm is included with garden admission to Magnolia. The living history program will include storytelling, brick making, outdoor cooking, and blacksmithing. The event will also include access to the inside of the cabins for self-guided tours in lieu of the “From Slavery to Freedom” tour.

Students and teachers with valid identification cards will receive free garden admission on the day of this event.


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