Category: slave life

The Problem With “It sounds better…” 6

The Problem With “It sounds better…”

“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...

“All of Us Would Walk Together” 1

“All of Us Would Walk Together”

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...

Honoring those of the Middle Passage 0

Honoring those of the Middle Passage

  I have always been impressed with Historic Sotterley’s narrative of enslaved life. They don’t shy away from it and you know for me that’s essential. When I toured the site back in March,...

Discovering the Dark Side of Jefferson 1

Discovering the Dark Side of Jefferson

Hopefully by now, many of you have read this excerpt from Henry Wiencek from his upcoming book, Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. ...

Guest Blogger: Dontavius Williams 0

Guest Blogger: Dontavius Williams

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...

Introducing Guest Bloggers! 0

Introducing Guest Bloggers!

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...

South Carolina heads up 0

South Carolina heads up

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...

Interpreting African American Foodways: Guest post 0

Interpreting African American Foodways: Guest post

Cross posting today from this entry at Afroculinaria. Thank you Michael Twitty for allowing me to cross post and thanks to Harold Caldwell for this amazing and wonderful piece.    One of the things...

Visiting the Revolutionary City 2

Visiting the Revolutionary City

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...

My Life as a Slave: The Kitty Wilson Evans Story 2

My Life as a Slave: The Kitty Wilson Evans Story

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...

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