joseph-mcgill_web.jpgA project that seeks to preserve slave dwellings has received a $25,000 grant from the federal government, to be administered by the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. The Federal Historic Preservation Grant will go towards the “Assessing Extant Slave Dwellings of South Carolina”, which has an overall cost of $50,000.

The project was founded by  preservationist Joseph McGill Jr. with the goal of assessing the slave dwellings in South Carolina and will be conducted from September 2014 through September 2015.

The sites to be surveyed include slave cabins at Hopsewee and Laurelwood plantations, Heyward House and Brattonsville.

McGill started the Slave Dwelling Project after he became interested in the dwellings that housed enslaved Africans and spent nights in several of them.

He has scheduled a conference on the subject, scheduled for Sept. 18-20, in Savannah, Ga.

For more information or to become a supporter, call McGill at 843-408-7727, email him at,  send him a tweet @slavedwelling or check him out on Facebook at The Slave Dwelling Project. His website is