Behind the Big House w/ Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project (Joint Program of Preserve Arkansas & Lakeport Plantation)

The Behind the Big House program moves beyond the “Big Houses,” or stately historic homes, to explore extant slave dwellings and interpret the experiences of the enslaved people who inhabited them. This workshop will include live historical interpretations and lectures to highlight the important contributions African Americans made to Arkansas’s history and provide a broad understanding of the importance of slave dwellings and their role in heritage tourism.

Preserve Arkansas is proud to present Behind the Big House in partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas State University Heritage Sites, Black History Commission of Arkansas, and Lakeport Plantation. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about The Slave Dwelling Project, watch the following TedX talk with Joseph McGill –


Registration is FREE, but space is limited.  Registration does not include lunch.
Optional Box Lunch – $12  Register on Preserve Arkansas’s website:

Register by April 14 to reserve your spot!