Interpreting Slave Life

Slavery: Let's talk about it

The Problem With “It sounds better…”

| July 14, 2013

“It sounds better coming from an African American.” I keep hearing this statement in reference to who should tell visitors the story of slavery at sites that do not do first person interpretation. Let me tell you why I find it troubling. First and foremost, just because someone is black, it does not mean they […]

“All of Us Would Walk Together”

| November 5, 2012

I have had just about the best experience working with the sites in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Most of my work has been with Historic St. Mary’s City, but what I have done absolutely pales in comparison to what my new buddy Terry Brock has been doing. Terry is bringing the story of enslaved and […]

Guest Blogger: Dontavius Williams

| October 11, 2012

Initially, when asked to do a blog post for Nicole, I was shocked that she would want to hear from someone who is so “green” in the world of interpreters.  After the initial the shock, came the proud honor to be selected to write something that would be published to this wonderful blog she has […]

South Carolina heads up

| August 29, 2012

I am very much a play the background and watch things happen kind of person, so I am very happy to see this introduction pan out into what I’m sure will be a wonderful event. It’s all about making connections and putting like minded people in touch with each other so that the message can […]

Visiting the Revolutionary City

| August 7, 2012

So a few weeks ago I finally had the chance to visit Colonial Williamsburg…about 23 years after my last visit. I loved it then as a child, but remembered “pottery” more than anything, and the beautiful buildings. This time while I was in town on business, I was able to have plenty of time at […]

My Life as a Slave: The Kitty Wilson Evans Story

| July 19, 2012

Hey guys, 2012 is apparently the year that I start asking folks for money to fund projects I feel strongly about huh? Well, this next project is incredibly important to me because it’s about a woman I was fortunate enough to be mentored by and trained with. Miss Kitty Wilson Evans has been telling the […]

Interpretive Programs this weekend!

| July 6, 2012

Hey everybody!! I hope that folks enjoyed their mid-week holiday, I know I did. I saw a few headlines that raised eyebrows and caused a squawk about who really gets to enjoy the holiday. Chris Rock tweeted a comment that created some backlash, but really, while the fight for independence was in full swing, there […]

Much Ado About a Title

| June 22, 2012

Advertising is meant to catch your eye and grab your attention. So imagine when Hampton National Historic Site decided to have it’s monthly Black History program titled “Slave For A Day”. The goal of the living history program is to have visitors participate in activities that enslaved men and women would have done, to create […]


| June 11, 2012

Whew!! How long has it been folks? Too long, I know!! But life happens and I have been busy taking care of matters of the home, and that is a priority that many of you should be able to understand. So what’s been going on good people? Anything new in your neighborhoods that you’d like […]

Reflections from City Point

| May 3, 2012

I am a timid person by nature–I like to play the background and do careful, thought provoking and amazing work while back there. However I realize with a business model, this doesn’t serve well, so I work these jitters and moments of slight fear and shyness out before I come face to face with a […]


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