‘Slave Dwelling Project’ hosting two Dorchester events
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.
Handsell House in Vienna is located at 4837 Indiantown Road.