Earlier this year Middleton Place started a Crowdrise page to help fund their documentary, Beyond the Fields — Slavery at Middleton Place
, which is based on a 2008 book of the same name. The documentary was successfully funded and now you can check it out for yourself this Sun. Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. on SCETV.
Beyond the Fields — Slavery at Middleton Place
(which won a gold medal from the Southeastern Museums Conference
for excellence in the use of technology) is the culmination of research undertaken in the early 2000s, that explores the history of both black and white residents of Middleton Place.
In a press release Tracey Todd, COO of Middleton Place, executive producer of the documentary, and co-author of the book, says, "It was time to take the interpretation of the slave experience and bring it to a new medium, with new insights from present-day historians, researchers, preservationists and historic site interpreters, along with descendants of the Middleton family and of African Americans with roots at Middleton Place. They provide a much needed and fresh perspective on what life was like here when slaves built and sustained Middleton Place, Charleston, and, for that matter, the economy of the entire region.”
As we reported back in February, this isn't the first documentary about Middleton Place. In 2013 Middleton Place: A Phoenix Still Rising
, celebrated the wildlife, gardens, and history of the plantation, but said little about race and the role of slaves at the national historic landmark.
Beyond the Fields
— the book, documentary, and exhibit in Eliza's House, a freedman's house on the property — seeks to offer a raw look at what took place at the plantation, highlighting the roles slaves had. Middleton Place offers a tour that offers "an unvarnished look at the reality of slavery," including a visit to the stableyards and the plantation chapel. Learn more about Middleton Place's tours online.