On the day after Thanksgiving every year, StoryCorps asks all Americans to start a new holiday tradition: set aside an hour to interview a friend, a loved one, or someone in their community about his or her life. Lowcountry Africana is pleased to be an official national partner of StoryCorps in celebrating the fourth annual National Day of Listening on Friday, November 25, 2011.

Lowcountry Africana participated in the 2011 National Day of Listening by recording interviews with Lowcountry historians and preservationists who inspire us.

Thanks and love to everyone who took the time for an interview during a busy holiday week, and to everyone who helped spread the word about Story Corps' National Day of Listening!

If you would like to share your National Day of Listening interview on Lowcountry Africana, you can share text, sound recordings and video. You can email your story to us at If you blogged about the National Day of Listening, please send us the link and we'll include it here!

LowCountry Africana's National Day of Listening Interviews I: Joseph McGill, Jr., Creator of the Slave Dwelling Project

Joseph McGill, Jr. sleeps in historic slave cabins to call attention to the need to preserve these historic dwellings and honor the enslaved ancestors who lived in them.

In this interview, Robin Foster and Toni Carrier capture Joseph McGill's impressions about the National Day of Listening.

Joe also shares some highlights from his 2011 stays in slave dwellings as well as the impact the Slave Dwellng Project is having on preserving African American history.

Please click on the video below to view the interview!

Contact Joseph McGill

Joseph McGill, Jr. | Program Officer, Southern Office
National Trust for Historic Preservation | William Aiken House, 456 King Street, 3rd Floor, Charleston, SC 29403 | Phone: 843.722.8552 | Fax: 843.722.8652 | Email:


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