Giving Voice Weekend Featuring The Slave Dwelling Project

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Join the Royall House and Slave Quarters museum for a weekend of education and discussion, and help support the continued preservation and interpretation of this important historic site. 

In the eighteenth century, the Royall House was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts.  Today the Slave Quarters is the only remaining such structure in the northern United States, and bears witness to intertwined stories of wealth and bondage.

Special Guest: Joseph McGill Jr., The Slave Dwelling Project

Since founding The Slave Dwelling Project four years ago, historic preservationist Joseph McGill Jr. has slept in some sixty cabins and quarters across America that once housed enslaved people, and his goal is to stay overnight in all that remain.  By focusing attention and resources on preserving these historically important dwelling places, he is helping to ensure that the people who lived in these structures are remembered.

Saturday, October 11, 3-5 p.m.      Giving Voice: Slavery’s Physical Legacy
The annual Giving Voice benefit event on the museum grounds, which raises awareness and support for the preservation of this important historic site, will feature Joseph McGill Jr., founder of The Slave Dwelling Project. The event will include music, refreshments, and tours of the slave quarters and the mansion.  $40 Royall House and Slave Quarters members; $50 non-members. Reservations recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.   

Saturday, October 11, 9 p.m.         Overnight in the Slave Quarters
Please join Joseph McGill, Jr. for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay overnight in the only remaining freestanding eighteenth-century slave quarters building in the North and reflect on its history.  Donations and event sponsorships will help support an invitation-only overnight for students from Medford High School and Tufts University the previous evening.  $200 donation requested.  Space is limited to 12 guests.  Reservations required.

The Royall House and Slave Quarters Thanks Lead Sponsor Tufts University
Tufts University, lead sponsor of the Giving Voice Weekend, will also host a talk and reception on the university's Medford/Somerville campus on Thursday, October 9 from 6 - 8 p.m.  Joseph McGill Jr. of The Slave Dwelling Project will introduce his work to the Tufts community.  Reception to follow.  This program is free and open to the general public, and no reservations are necessary.  Location: Tufts University, Cabot 205, 170 Packard Avenue, Medford.

Please visit or call 781-396-9032 to register or for more information.