Unknown No Longer
UNKNOWN NO LONGER! Giving a voice to those who have been kept silenced. Free Event March 6, 2021 The Robert Toombs House 216 E Robert Toombs Ave Washington, Ga 30673 706.678.2226
"This project is supported by Georgia Humanities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, through appropriations made by the Georgia General Assembly.” With the realization by many in our present time that the full story of America needs to be told this project will help start that process for Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia. The Georgia Humanities grant is sponsoring the key presenter of the event, Mr. Joseph McGill, Jr. Mr. McGill is the founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, Inc., and was previously a field officer for the National Trust of Historic Preservation, his lecture would be on the chattel system of slavery in America which was in use during the Toombs' occupation of the property, along with what tasks and activities that would of been performed by the enslaved.
The presentation will include an introduction to some of the families who were enslaved at the house, as well as what those people did after securing their freedom. Discussion of how the research was conducted will also be included. Then the audience will be invited to participate in a question and answer session. This part of the event will also be streamed live via Facebook to reach an audience that cannot be on site. Exhibition of artifacts found in the one remaining slave dwelling on the property, the "Wash House'', will be presented along with an explanation of how the archaeological survey was conducted on the dwelling. This will also be recorded and posted to The Robert Toombs House Historic Site Facebook page, Grade school level archaeological demonstration where children (any one of any age) can participate in a mock dig to learn about mapping and discovering what can be found in the dirt and what it can tell us about the people who might have used those items. Explanation of how to find, read and decipher historical documents (also recorded to be placed on the site's Facebook page).
After the in person events are concluded there will be a Zoom meeting (possibly two if there is great interest) for a more in-depth discussion of slavery and what life would of been like for someone enslaved at a home verses a working plantation.