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Stories Untold: A Communal Dinner

Have you ever wondered what life was like for enslaved people? Enter to win an exclusive overnight experience in a representative slave cabin at The President James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville, NC.

Participate in a family-style dinner with small group conversations on U.S. Slavery and the American experience at Stories Untold: A Communal Dinner​. Participants will be entered into a raffle for the overnight experience with winners chosen at random.The evening will feature Mr. Joseph McGill, Founder and Executive Director of the Slave Dwelling Project, as the keynote speaker.

For nearly three years, the Slave Dwelling Project has aimed to bring community stakeholders together to identify extant slave dwellings, and work towards their preservation. Mr. McGill will challenge program participants to think differently about historic preservation and interpretation, particularly as it relates to slave dwellings and the history of U.S. slavery. Mr. McGill will also share his experiences interpreting slavery at presidential sites and museums.

Following the keynote conversation, guests will enjoy food and intimate, small group discussions on topics including race, U.S. slavery, family ties, home, southern culture and the American experience.

Stories Untold: A Communal Dinner is brought to you by The President James K. Polk State Historic Site, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Slave Dwelling Project, the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, the North Carolina Humanities Council, The Town of Pineville, the Polk Memorial Support Fund Inc. and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

Hours: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM)

Admission: $40 (Includes optional entry into raffle for overnight experience). Tickets go on sale August 1, 2017. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets, visit ganttcenter.org.

Location: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202

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The Stories We Tell: An Overnight Experience

Mr. Joseph McGill, Founder and Executive Director of the Slave Dwelling Project, invites you to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. During this intimate evening, guests will sleep in a representative slave cabin at The President James K. Polk State Historic Site, birthplace of the 11th U.S. President. Here, participants will have the opportunity to share in a meaningful discussion on the life experiences of enslaved peoples, contemporary social issues and the U.S. presidency before spending their evening in a crudely constructed historic log cabin.

Following the overnight experience, you will have the opportunity to reflect, write and record your story using a variety of media, including video recorders and journals.

Hours: 9:00 PM - until

Admission: Free *

Location: President James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville, NC 28134

* Participants will be randomly chosen via lottery system. Selected participants will be notified no later than one week prior to the experience. Ticket purchase for Stories Untold: A Communal Dinner is required to be entered into the overnight experience selection pool. Purchase tickets by Friday, September 22, 2017 at ganttcenter.org for entry.

This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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