Cabin c. 1830, Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, Maryland.

The fifth annual Slave Dwelling Project conference will be held at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, October 24-27. The Slave Dwelling Project’s mission is to identify and assist property owners, government agencies, and organizations with preserving and interpreting extant slave dwellings.

Organizers seek proposals for sessions and panels that address the theme of “Slavery, Resistance, and Community.” People who attend Slave Dwelling Project conferences are historians, preservationists, students, academics, public historians, historic site staff, members of cultural, historical and genealogical organizations, reenactors, storytellers, artists and musicians, and members of the general public. The keynote speaker will be Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad (2016).

Sessions and panels will take place October 25-26.  Sessions are 75 minutes long, while panels have 3-4 speakers, allowing 15-25 minutes per speaker. Proposals are due May 1.

Visit the Slave Dwelling Project website for more information, or contact a conference team member at [email protected]