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 […]

Honoring those of the Middle Passage

| November 5, 2012

  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, I stood at the back (front) of the house and looked out at the river. I was told by Jeanne Pirtle […]

Discovering the Dark Side of Jefferson

| October 18, 2012

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.  If you haven’t, you need to read it and let all of that goodness sink in. Basically, Mr. Wiencek has discovered […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interpreting African American Foodways: Guest post

| August 29, 2012

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 I miss most about working at Brattonsville is the hearth cooking.  I enjoyed just having ingredients and a meal idea put […]

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 […]


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