Recorded Session: Saying Their Names: Interpreting Slavery and Shifting the Narrative at 19th Century Historic Sites in Louisville, Kentucky

Recorded On: 10/11/2021

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Session Description

Saying Their Names: Interpreting Slavery and Shifting the Narrative at 19th Century Historic Sites in Louisville, Kentucky is a Pre-Recorded session of the 2021 AASLH Online Conference.

A panel discussion that explores the way four Louisville historic sites, each with their own unique historical perspective, have banded together for a multi-year project to provide programming that collectively confronts the historical narrative around slavery that informs the modern efforts for social justice locally and beyond.


Chair: Hannah Zimmerman Marketing and Communications Director at Historic Locust Grove
Ms. Zimmerman was the Marketing and Communications Director at Historic Locust Grove for 7 years. Through her work, she ensured that the stories of the people enslaved at Locust Grove are a key part of the site’s interpretation of 19th century life in Kentucky. Since the recording, Hannah has relocated to Virginia and taken a position teaching 6th grade history.

Joseph McGill Director/Founder at The Slave Dwelling Project
Mr. McGill is a history consultant at Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC. He is a historical interpreter and founder of the Slave Dwelling Project Inc, an organization dedicated to bringing attention to often neglected, former slave dwellings as structures that are vitally important to the American built environment through lectures and public programing. For a decade, Joe’s work has focused on changing the narratives and conversations about and around slavery. And encouraging institutions to rethink their interpretation and find new pathways to engage the public in this work. Joe’s planned visit to Louisville was the catalyst that led to the formation of a formal coalition between these four major historical sites. His advice, expertise and encouragement have been instrumental in assisting the staff as they attempt to assist visitors in finding relevance in the stories of the men, women and children enslaved at their sites.

Kathy Nichols Executive Director at Farmington Historic Plantation
Ms. Nichols is a public historian who has worked primarily on Kentucky plantations since 2000, including Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing and Farmington Historic Plantation. Kathy curated Farmington’s Lincoln Bicentennial exhibit, prior to taking a position as Executive Director of the Heritage Society of New Braunfels, TX. She has served as the Executive Director of Farmington Historical Plantation since 2018. As Associate Director, Kathy was active in redesigning and implementing Farmington’s interpretation of the enslaved between 2003-2006. As one of Kentucky’s first sites committed to telling the stories of the people enslaved there, Farmington has been both a test case and a battleground over an accounting of this fraught history.

Victoria Trice Educator, Developing Historical Black Consciousness and African American History at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing and Central High School, Jefferson County Public Schools
Ms. Trice is a graduate of Fisk University with a master’s in education from Bellarmine University. She is currently teaching African History and Developing Historical Black Consciousness at Central High School, which was until the 1950s, the only Black high school in Louisville. Victoria is the liaison between Riverside and Central for the We Are Our History program, a National Trust for Historic Preservation project to create a permanent student board to advise on interpretation and programming. Victoria’s experience as a former member of the staff of Riverside gives her a multidisciplinary perspective and a unique ability to articulate the importance of shifting the historical narrative and connecting the past to the present in salient ways. Central High School has strong historical connections to Riverside, making it a descendant community of the site.


RECORDED DATE: October 11, 2021

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