Slave Dwelling Project

Dallas Heritage Village 

and the City of Irving, Department of Arts and Culture 

host the

Slave Dwelling Project

The Slave Dwelling Project is returning to North Texas for the second year in a row, bringing forward the stories of the enslaved African Americans at Millermore, now located at Dallas Heritage Village, and the story of life after Emancipation in Bear Creek in Irving. There will be two public events in conjunction with this visit: a public lecture on May 28 at the Irving Arts Center and a full day of programming at both Dallas Heritage Village and the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center in Irving on May 30 (more details below). This series of programs is presented by Mercury One. Additional support is provided by Humanities Texas and the Lorenzo Hotel.

Based in South Carolina, The Slave Dwelling Project’s mission is to identify and assist property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings. This is done primarily through public programming, including sleeping overnight in these buildings. 

During Saturday’s public event, a team of interpreters will address topics such as the daily life of an enslaved person and the critical need to preserve what is left of the structures associated with the enslavement of Africans and African-Americans. This will be Joe’s first visit to North Texas and only his second visit to Texas.

This partnership enables both organizations to tell a broader history of life in North Texas for African Americans. We are also partnering with the Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation project to help keep the conversation going in our community.

Thursday, May 28 

7:00 p.m.

Changing the Narrative: Including the Stories of the Enslaved

 with Joe McGill
Location: Irving Arts Center, Dupree Theater
Free and open to the public

Friday, May 29 

Camp Fire Conversations and Sleepover at Miller Log House and Gano House 
Due to limited space, this will be an invitation only event. 

Please contact Melissa Prycer at for more information.
Location: Dallas Heritage Village

Saturday, May 30

10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Inalienable Rights: Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved
Location: Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas TX 75215
Free and open to the public


The Bear Creek Story from Emancipation through the Civil Rights Movement
Location: Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center
Free and open to the public

Maps between DHV and Bear Creek will be provided.

A free shuttle will leave DHV at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to take visitors to Bear Creek. 

George Keaton of Remembering Black Dallas will share additional stories about freedman's towns in Dallas County.