Jobie Hill, a licensed architect and the director of the “Slave House Database”, recently delivered a talk as part of the TEDxGraceStreetWomen series. Her talk was titled “When Walls Talk: Hidden & Forgotten Stories of Enslaved People” and can be viewed here.

Hill also presented her research on the Slave House Database at the Enslaved conference that was organized at Michigan State University in early March. The Slave House Database is a central repository for information and data pertinent to all the known slave houses in the United States. The Database is designed to include geographic information; ownership history; local, state and national historic listings; architectural information; completed surveys and documentation; archaeological excavations; census data; genealogical references and ex-slave narrative descriptions. The Database is a crosswalk for diverse fields (architecture, architectural history, anthropology, archaeology, historic preservation, history, genealogy and folk culture) to access and reference. The Slave House Database can be used to identify, locate, analyze and interpret slave houses, as well as connect to other existing resources.

You can read more about the project here.