COLUMBIA, S.C. — A historian says people should learn from the old homes that slaves lived in, just as they would from the more beautiful buildings from more than a century ago.

The State newspaper reported ( that Joe McGill has slept in more than 100 slave dwellings in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

McGill founded the Slave Dwelling Project, which starts its third annual conference in Columbia, South Carolina, on Monday.

The goal of the Slave Dwelling Project is to “identify and assist property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings.”

McGill says there’s a tendency in this country to focus history on those who kept slaves, rather than upon the slaves themselves.

Information from: The State,

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