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The Art Institute of Charleston and The Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center present The Second Set of Stairs: The Slave Dwelling Project

By: Carole Carr

July 5, 2017

The Slave Dwelling Project

Students from The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, told a story of enslavement and struggle through pictures, video, and graphic design during Black History Month. Five students in Ai Charleston’s Location Photography class and Art Direction classes where challenged with learning to capture images on location. Their client was the Slave Dwelling Project. The Slave Dwelling Project’s mission is to identify and assist property owners, government agencies, and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings.

The student’s shadowed The Slave Dwelling Founder, Joseph McGill, and toured the Magnolia and McLeod Plantations. While exploring the slave dwellings in the Charleston area, their journey inspired them to go one step further and put their work on display to visually help tell a story that had been buried for so long.

The show was up at The Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center from Thursday, April 13 to June 30, 2017.


For more information please visit the Berkeley Museum website.


By: Carole Carr

July 5, 2017