Joseph McGill founded the Slave Dwelling Project as a Civil War historian and descendant of the enslaved to identify and assist property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings. Since it’s founding, he has brought his expertise to nearly 100 sites across the country – in October he will be on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Since 1984, Historic Ellicott City, Inc., has worked closely with designers, artisans, and tradespeople to restore a historic property into that year’s Decorator Show House. The goal of the program is engage history and preservation in all aspects of the construction, remodeling, and decor – and then open it up for all the community to see.
Demolition equipment at Princeton Battlefield.
Stand With Preservation Maryland and Oppose Development of Princeton Battlefield
While the proposed project in New Jersey falls beyond Maryland’s physical borders, Maryland soldiers fought for American Independence and shed their blood on the hallowed Princeton Battlefield. In fact, Maryland troops were with General Washington in the charge which traversed the very field currently threatened by development. As a result, Preservation Maryland made the extraordinary decision to take a stand on this issue and formally announce their opposition to a project that would dishonor Maryland’s Revolutionary veterans.
Battle of Guiliford Courthouse, 1781. Image courtesy the US Army.
Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding explained,
“The story of Maryland is not confined to our borders. Marylanders have made incredible sacrifices across the nation and the globe — and wherever the history of Maryland and its citizens are threatened, this organization will not waver in our defense of that history. We stand with this national coalition in calling on the Institute for Advanced Study to reconsider their unnecessary plans.”