Interpreting Slave Life

Slavery: Let's talk about it

Who am I?

I am Nicole Moore, Public Historian, Blogger, Consultant and Interpreter of Slave Life.

My initial plan for life was to become a Clinical Psychologist. I loved to help people work through their problems. The only thing was, I was not a fan of the multiple schools of thought that Psychology brought on, and likewise, they weren’t fans of my work either. But I had a nifty minor in History that I loved and so I managed to graduate with a B.A. in Psychology (I’m no quitter!) and held that minor in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2004.

I had an awesome history teacher who told me I should really think about getting a Masters in History. I chewed it over, thought about what I wanted to do with something like that, and then thought about what I would research. I loved US Southern history, especially the plights of the plantation mistress, the slave and the yeomen farmer. But I knew there would have to be a focus. So I applied for, and was admitted to the Graduate School at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and began my Public History work.

While working on a project for a digital history class, I realized that there weren’t a lot of sources out there for someone to learn about slave life. Most information would be found in books or at living history sites that actually interpreted slavery. Unless you were knowledgeable about sites like that in your area, you tended to look directly at Colonial Williamsburg. So I thought about what it would be like to study how slavery is being interpreted around the country and how what visitors are gleaning from these historic sites. Thus my thesis “Presenting Slave Life at Living History Sites and Historic Latta Plantation” (completed, defended and graduated 2008) was born.

But, I couldn’t stop there. I had to get into the field and really see what it’s like to interpret slavery and get that public reaction. My career path became clear. I wanted to build programming around an historic sites slave past and help elevate the interpretation of slave life. I had the opportunity to work at  Historic Brattonsville in McConnells, South Carolina and so I spend some time blogging about my experiences.

These days I am consulting with historic sites on best practices on how to tell the story of enslaved men, women and children through programming, exhibit and educational materials. I am also an educator who develops school programs, public programs and special events for three awesome historic houses!

Please check the ‘Profile‘ page to see what I have done and been involved with.


12 Responses to “Who am I?”

  1. Bill says:

    Could I use your slave garden picture in a video about slave life. It is not for profit and will be shown on a local public access channel.

  2. I’m working on the publicity for your presentation at Historic St. Mary’s City on March 1.

    • Can you provide a one- or two-paragraph description of your talk that I can incorporate into a release to the popular press? Is this an illustrated talk? Is there audience participation?
    • We could also use a high-resolution photo.

    We’re looking forward to hosting you! Thanks, and best wishes,

  3. Carole King says:

    I would love to read your thesis. Where could we find a copy? I think it would be a good tool for our historic interpreters. Joseph spent the night in our slave quarters last fall and we’re hosting Michael next month. Look forward to hearing back from you…thanks,

  4. Nicole,
    I sent you an email but wanted to say THANK YOU so much for your support. Ms. Kitty is so very special. We are hard at work on her film. It is important that her story be told because she tells the story of the slaves. If you need anything, please let me know. I truly appreciate your support.

    Many blessings,
    owner of Dunn Deal Publishing and exec. producer of My Life As A Slave: The Kitty Wilson Evans Story

  5. Joy says:

    I am enjoying your site! I am a huge history geek who is fascinated by the everyday people the history books often overlook. Particularly I am fascinated by the south and the current interpretation at historical sites…some pretty good, some downright scary- like there must be a hidden camera somewhere scary. lol I’d love to study this more in a graduate program and would like to reach out to you to pick your brain if that is OK.

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks for your comment! You are welcome to pick my brain about any questions that you have. I will agree with you, there are some places that really “get” the interpretation and how it should and could be done and then there are some places where you feel like you are being punk’d and wonder when is the camera crew coming out to get me. But hopefully things will start to change as more and more research is done and more attention is paid to this field in particular.

  6. Regina C says:

    Saw your testimonial on The Blogging Schoo website and could really identify with where you were. Your site is awesome, keep up the good work. What an great niche, sounds like it’s your passion and I’m glad I now have a resource for this very important topic. regina c
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  7. Regina C says:

    sorry about the typos – was typing way too fast at work!!!!
    Saw your testimonial on the The Blogging School website and could really identify with where you were. Your site is awesome, keep up the good work. What a great niche, sounds like it’s your passion and I’m glad I now have a resource for this very important topic. regina c

  8. Debra says:

    Is there any current Charleston SC area plantation you know of that interprets African American life well? Or Savannah area? I’m visiting the area and don’t want to pay to perpetrate incorrect or offensive interpretations.


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