African American history

Dr. George W. McDaniel

The End of an Era at Drayton Hall

George McDaniel, the driving force behind the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust for more than 25 years, has announced he’ll be stepping down at the end of the month. It’s bittersweet news for Drayton Hall staff and supporters, all of whom will miss George’s leadership but pleased he’ll have the opportunity to spend more time with […]

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Photos from the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

On February 21, Drayton Hall President and Executive Director Dr. George W. McDaniel presented “Towards a More Complete History: Connecting Places and People by Engaging Descendants” at the highly acclaimed Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series (MTW). McDaniel’s presentation featured a Q&A session with Drayton Hall descendants Rebecca Campbell and Catherine Braxton. The theme of this year’s series was Curating […]

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Connecting People and Places through Historic Sites

On February 21, Drayton Hall President and Executive Director Dr. George W. McDaniel will present “Towards a More Complete History: Connecting Places and People by Engaging Descendants” at the highly acclaimed Marion Thompson Wright (MTW) Lecture Series. The title of this year’s series is Curating Black America: Celebrating the National Museum of African American History […]

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Memories and Meanings: Drayton Hall Descendants to Present at Distinguished Speakers Series

The 2015 Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series begins this month with an insightful presentation focused not so much on the place of Drayton Hall, but rather, its people. Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 19 for “Memories and Meanings: Reflections on Drayton Hall by Charles H. Drayton, III, and Other Descendants.” An interactive panel discussion […]

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from L-R: George W. McDaniel, executive director of Drayton Hall, Shelby Nelson,  Catherine Brown Braxton, Rebecca Brown Campbell, Annie Brown Meyers, Charles Drayton, and and Toni Carrier, founding director of Lowcountry Africana.

Preserving Our History, Telling Our Story: Drayton Hall Descendants Present at National Preservation Conference

How do you research, document, and interpret the history of a community that has seemingly vanished from the landscape? A session last November at the National Preservation Conference in Savannah gave some answers. Organized by George W. McDaniel, executive director of Drayton Hall, the session featured Toni Carrier, founding director of Lowcountry Africana and former […]

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Oral history Helps Recover Past at Drayton Hall

“This is a place where their ancestors walked. You’re not just in a museum looking at artifacts in a case.” Today’s Post & Courier highlights the ongoing work in oral history research at Drayton Hall that will be presented tomorrow at the South Carolina Historic Preservation Conference. Dr. George McDaniel, executive director of Drayton Hall, […]

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Through a Different Lens: Paradox and the Interpretation of Slavery at Southern Historical Plantation Sites

by George W. McDaniel, Ph.D. SHEAR Conference – July 20, 2013 Each year, millions of people visit historical plantation sites throughout the South. Mount  Vernon alone attracts about a million, while Monticello engages about a half million. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston brings in about 200, 000, while Middleton Place just up the river […]

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Drayton Hall Reimagined — Learn about the future of Drayton Hall.

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