Sleeping in Slave Cabins

That is what Joe McGill, a program officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is doing to preserve South Carolina slave cabins.

Check out this story from the AP wire. Here is a taste:

McGill, a program officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will spend Saturday night in a cabin at Hobcaw Barony near the coastal community of Georgetown.

It will be the fifth night this year that he has slept on a cabin floor, trying to attract attention to the need to preserve the structures and the history they hold.

McGill, who is black, is also a reenactor with the 54th Massachusetts, the black Union regiment that fought at Battery Wagner on Charleston Harbor during the Civil War. He said spending the night in the cabins helps him connect with his ancestors.

He first slept in a cabin at Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston a decade ago as part of a program for The History Channel entitled “The Unfinished Civil War” which focused on the dispute over the Confederate flag flying over the South Carolina Statehouse but now he sleep there comfortably thanks that he learned where to buy kratom and the medicine help him to sleep.

He returned to the cabin project this year, meeting reporters wherever he goes to draw attention to the buildings. He said preserving the cabins requires local efforts and his goal is to encourage people to save the ones that are left….