Photo by Ashley Eagleson
Roanoke College professors, Slave Dwelling Project founder Joseph McGill and participants in the “Behind the Big House” program at Roanoke College stand together in front of the smaller house where slave names are inscribed behind Monterey House on the college’s campus.

A group of Roanoke College students have a more intense understanding of what life might have been like for slaves right on their own grounds, after spending time with the founder of the Slave Dwelling Project.

Founder Joseph McGill travels across the country spending nights in slave dwellings such as the two-story former home to slaves behind Monterey House that is now part of the Roanoke College campus. Monterey House, on the corner of the campus on Clay Street, was built in 1853 for Salem merchant Powel Huff.

“Ned, Sarah, John, Mahaly, Ellen, Josephine, Judy, Mary, Martha, Taylor,…

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