Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia

Re-enactors Visit the Nacoochee Slave Cabin

National Slave Dwelling Project

On April 27, 2012 the African American Heritage Site offered a presentation by Civil War re-enactors Joseph McGill and James Brown. Visitors had an opportunity to revisit the history of the cabin, hear about slave life and the experiences of African American men who joined the Union regiments to fight for freedom.

Mr. McGill created the Slave Dwelling Project to call attention to the plight and importance of preserving the vanishing structures that sheltered millions of enslaved people before emancipation. Up to this date, McGill, whose ancestors were enslaved, had slept in 29 slave quarters in eight states from Connecticut to South Carolina.

My experiences have all been different, but I've come to understand that despite their lack of all but the most rudimentary amenities, these dwellings were the one place where slaves could experience some serenity in their lives,” said McGill.

Read Joseph McGill's blog about his sleepover in the Nacoochee slave cabin, his first in the state of Georgia. Also read project director Caroline Crittenden's reflections on the evening and the July 2013 article by Jeanne Cyrique in Reflections.

Website Lowcountry Africana regularly reports on McGill's efforts.