Historian Urges Preservation Of Former Slave Houses In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An historian from South Carolina spent last night, without a bed, in the slave cabins of the Cliveden Estate, in the city’s Germantown section.

Tonight, Joseph McGill will talk about his experience during a public discussion at Cliveden (see related story).

McGill is not a “ghostbuster.”   A program officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, McGill says he has slept in more than 20 slave dwellings, in conditions similar to how slaves might have, to inspire preservation of the structures.

McGill says there is an effort throughout the country to deny slavery exists by eradicating, neglecting, or ignoring slave dwellings.

He gave an example from Portland, Maine.

“The first response that I got from the person is that ‘we don’t have such places,’ ” he  recalled.  “Which is not true, because slavery existed there also.  It’s attitudes like that that I have to counter because those people lived, and they lived somewhere, and their stories are worthy to be told.”
Hear Karin Phillips’ extended interview with Joseph McGill in this CBS Philly “Specials Place” podcast…


McGill will be making his presentation tonight at 7:00PM at Cliveden.  For more information go to cliveden.org.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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One Comment

  1. grumpy says:

    Keep them opened! We are going to need them soon if the Republican agenda keeps helping the CEO’s get rich richer while the working class gets poorer and poorer!

  2. Primetime Editorials says:

    i love this guy he reminds me of the dude derrick evans from turkey creek
    what a wonderful character

  3. Todd McDonald says:

    Have the slave quarters at Cliveden not been preserved? I would be astonished to learn that they haven’t. On the other hand, if they have been preserved, then this isn’t really a particularly valuable stunt and serves only to distract from other properties that do need preservation.

  4. mark mancini says:

    Slavery is over!!! Get over it! Who cares where or how slaves lived, slept or died! I live in the present, not the past!

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