Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project, based in South Carolina, will be arriving in Hillsborough, NC on Friday afternoon, December 4, 2015, to spend one night in the one-room brick structure where Jesse Ruffin, slave and coachman for Thomas Ruffin, stayed. On one of the bricks, is inscribed “Dec 5 ’65,” the day after North Carolina ratified the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, leading to the ¾ vote needed for the abolition of slavery in the US on December 6th, 1865. Activities surrounding McGill’s overnight include: an evening program of history and storytelling; tours of the coachman’s quarters; light brunch and conversations with Joseph McGill and descendants of Jesse Ruffin. The Coachman’s Quarters Project, headed by Holly Reid, and Free Spirit Freedom, directed by Renee Price and Thomas Watson, are hosting this event—free and open to the public.
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