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 […]

Introducing Guest Bloggers!

| September 10, 2012

The world of African American Historic & Cultural Interpreters is a small yet spread out one. But fortunately the internet, events and introductions are bringing this world closer together, and one of my goals is to showcase interpreters making this story happen. So I’ve reached out to a few people I’ve met, or worked with […]

Cross Post from Interpretive Challenges

| July 19, 2012

Every now and then I cross post when something really strikes my eye. My homie in historical goodness Emmanuel Dabney with the National Parks Service also blogs about our challenges to tell the story of slavery and enslaved African Americans. Yesterday he wrote this insightful post about interpreting slave owners and what I like to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coming soon…

| April 30, 2012

New Cross-Post from Pop South

| April 17, 2012

Please check out this latest post at Pop South. This is a discussion a few of us have been having after seeing the Glory Food ads and we can’t help but wonder who are these commercials targeted to and why? Black Domestic in a Can–A South Carolina Ad Agency “Helps” Glory Foods

Musings and updates

| April 17, 2012

Ahh, so this week is the joint meeting with NCPH and OAH that I was supposed to attend. Due to financial constraints, I was not able to make it and I’m completely bummed out about that. I was looking forward to the session on Sunday that is chaired by Robert Weyeneth of the University of […]

Quick Update

| April 3, 2012

I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, just working on some things for my clients and getting that out the door! This month, I will be in Petersburg, VA at a program entitled, “Seeking New Shelters: The 1862 Evacuation of City Point”. It’s April 28-29th and I am very excited to be attending. […]

Fun with Public Lectures

| March 6, 2012

Last Thursday (March 1) I gave my first public lecture at Historic St. Mary’s City. After such a large crowd at the panel discussion at St. Mary’s College, I thought that the group would migrate over on Thursday, but alas it was not meant to be. However, there were about 20 people there who came […]


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