‘Slave Dwelling Project’ host­ing two Dorch­ester events

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

CAM­BRIDGE — In cel­e­bra­tion of Dorch­ester County’s rich African Amer­i­can her­itage, the “Slave Dwelling Project Comes to Dorch­ester” will com­ing to Dorch­ester to bring at­ten­tion to lit­tle known county his­toric struc­tures that once served as dwelling houses, churches or other cul­tural and util­i­tar­ian uses in the lives of African Amer­i­cans.

The two-day event will Fri­day, Oct. 13, and Satur­day, Oct. 14, with pro­grams at the Bay­ley House Slave Cabin in Cam­bridge and then in the Hand­sell Slave Cham­ber in Vi­enna.

The project will fea­ture Joseph McGill of the “Slave Dwelling Project” and “In­alien­able Rights,” a liv­ing his­tory troupe rep­re­sent­ing en­slaved African Amer­i­cans of the 19th cen­tury.

At 7 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 13, there will be a Can­dle­light Re­mem­brance start­ing at the Dorch­ester County Cir­cuit Court­house, for­mer lo­ca­tion of a slave auc­tion block. Spir­i­tual mu­sic, poetry and read­ings by de­scen­dants of both slave hold­ers and those en­slaved will en­hance the recog­ni­tion of those who once were held in bondage in Dorch­ester County dur­ing this in­spir­ing can­dle lit evening.

The event also will in­clude in­tro­duc­tory pre­sen­ta­tions and live vo­cal per­for­mances based on Ne­gro Spir­i­tu­als by soloists Karen Somerville and Melissa Wise Slacum.

Open to the pub­lic, the event will con­clude at the Bay­ley house, across the street from the court­house where the

liv­ing his­tory in­ter­preters of slaves will “sleep tight” in the slave cabin there.

On Satur­day, Oct. 14, at the Hand­sell liv­ing his­tory event, vol­un­teers from Com­ing To The Ta­ble will be fea­tured in the “His­tory Tent” at 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m as they mod­er­ate vis­i­tors in a dis­cus­sion and help to foster di­a­log on slav­ery and race re­la­tions.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties that day will in­clude liv­ing his­tor y per­for­mances portraying the mu­sic, cul­ture and con­tri­bu­tions of lit­tle known in­di­vid­u­als who helped build our na­tion. A bus tour will be avail­able, regis­tra­tion to be made on­line, spon­sored by the Har­riet Tub­man Or­ga­ni­za­tion. For bus tour in­for­ma­tion, call 410-228-0401.

Both Fri­day evening and Satur­day events are free and open to the pub­lic.

The event is brought to the pub­lic by the Har­riet Tub­man Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Nan­ti­coke His­toric Preser­va­tion Al­liance, Slave Dwelling Project, Com­ing to the Ta­ble, Har­riet Tub­man Un­der­ground Rail­road Visi­tor Cen­ter, Har­riet Tub­man Un­der­ground Rail­road Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Park, Na­tional Un­der­ground Rail­road Net­work to Free­dom, Dorch­ester Arts Cen­ter, Elks Lodge #223, 106.3 The Heat WCEM FM, NRG En­ergy, Heal­ing Hands An­i­mal Hospi­tal and The Drug Store, Hur­lock and Cam­bridge Main Street.

For all in­for­ma­tion, visit www.re­store­hand­sell.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Hand­sell House in Vi­enna is lo­cated at 4837 In­diantown Road.

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