An Iowan architect, Jobie Hill, is on a mission to search out and doc each slave residence that’s nonetheless standing in America.
Since 2012, Hill has surveyed a whole lot of constructions that she believes as soon as served as a house to enslaved African People. As a rule, the buildings bear no seen hint of their previous; many have been transformed into garages, workplaces, or typically—unnervingly—bed-and-breakfasts. In some circumstances the constructions have fallen into destroy or vanished completely, abandoning a melancholy within the floor.
Hill is set to construct a first-of-its-kind database that honors and preserves these areas in additional than reminiscence, and to unite the homes with the tales of people that as soon as inhabited them. As she sees it, such a repository is lengthy overdue. “There has by no means been a nationwide survey of slave homes, apart from the one I am attempting to do,” Hill says.
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Ms. Hill’s Saving Slave Homes web site is here.
[H/t Dondi Lyons]
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