Voorhees College welcomes preservation project founder

February 2, 2014

On Thursday, Feb. 13 at 11a.m. in Massachusetts Hall on campus, Voorhees College will host guest speaker Joseph McGill, who will discuss his preservation project, “The Slave Dwelling Project.”

Joseph McGill, Jr. is a history consultant for Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, S.C. and founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, Inc. Beginning in 2010, McGill’s quest was to not only preserve slave dwellings but to preserve the history in which inhabits them. He gained interest in this as a Civil War re-enactor reenacting the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

Prior to his position at Magnolia Plantation, McGill was a field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation working to revitalize the Sweet Auburn district of Atlanta, Ga. and to develop a management plan for Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.

McGill also served as the executive director of the African American Museum located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was employed by the National Park Service, serving as a park ranger at Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, S.C. He is also the former director of history and culture at Penn Center located at St. Helena Island, S.C. The Penn Center was the first school built during the Civil War for the education of recently freed slaves.

He is a native of Kingstree, S.C. and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional English from South Carolina State University.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Teesa Brunson, communications director, at 803-780-1194 or at