Freedom Seekers: Joe McGill and Dontavius Williams

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Freedom Seekers: Joe McGill and Dontavius Williams

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Experience a weekend of local history that examines the Antebellum culture of Oldham and Jefferson County with Joe McGill and Dontavius Williams of The Slave Dwelling Project. McGill has conducted programs, lectures and spent nights in slave dwellings to bring national and international attention to his project. Interpreter and educator Dontavius William will perform a first-person interpretation of the Chronicles of Adam, a look at an enslaved man’s life.

On Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Freedom Seekers”: Storytelling with Joe McGill and Dontavius Williams will be held at the Oldham County History Center campus in La Grange. Program will include hands-on activities, tours of the Mount Parlor Room and Root Cellar, and children receive a National Park Service Underground Railroad activity book and Junior Ranger Badge.

On the same day at 6:30 p.m. a Campfire Storytelling Presentation will be given by Joe McGill and Dontavius Williams at the Harrods Creek Farm Slave Cemetery Site. An encampment will be set up by the 12th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery, which represents a group that reconstituted the 12th and conducts encampments for special events. The soldiers represent African Americans from Kentucky who fought for the Union in the Civil War. Family friendly, children 5 and under free. Children will receive a National Park Service Junior Ranger Badge and Underground Railroad activity book.


Oldham Co History Center Campus
106 N. Second Avenue
La Grange, KY 40031 United States
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(502) 222-0826
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