Lectures + Seminars, City Picks

Public Lecture on History of Slavery at Exchange

When: Wed., June 3, 6 p.m. 2015

Living in Charleston, you probably know about the city’s controversial and often painful past. This talk is one way to move on from this past. Given by Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, and Edwin C. Breeden, a Ph.D. candidate at Rice University, the lecture will uncover this often neglected facet of the Exchange building’s past, and focus on the role the building played in slavery and in the slave trade. The Old Exchange Building, constructed circa 1771, served as a customs house for the British a few years before the Revolutionary War for imprisoning patriots, slaves, and even their own soldiers. The Exchange was historically one of the center-places for the slave trade in downtown Charleston, and instead of ignoring that difficult fact, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the City of Charleston together opened the building as a museum, holding lectures and tours. McGill says that, “[The lecture] acts as a reminder that even up until the Revolution, before and after, enslaved people were involved in this nation’s history, and that’s an element of the story that’s not often told in the building. Edwin’s research will bring this to light.”

Kye Toscano

Price: Free

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