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Drayton Hall Plantation

Drayton Hall Plantation

Meet Author George W. McDaniel

Author George McDaniel will talk about his book Drayton Hall Stories: A Place and Its People. Drayton Hall is an 18th-century unrestored plantation house established by John Drayton, a white man whose wealth came from plantations worked primarily by enslaved labor. George McDaniel will focus on the site’s recent history using interviews with descendants (both White and Black), staff, architects, historians and more. He will showcase how the book uses oral history to build community and transform this Southern plantation into a site for racial conciliation.

About the Presenter

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George W. McDaniel, PhD, is the President of McDaniel Consulting, LLC, a strategy firm that helps organizations use history to build bridges within itself and to its broader constituents. For 25 years, he served as the Executive Director of Drayton Hall, a historic site in Charleston, SC. A native of Atlanta, he earned a BA from Sewanee, a MAT (history) from Brown University, and PhD (history) from Duke. For 40 years, he built a career working in education and history museums, beginning with the Smithsonian Institution, and earning awards at the local, state, and national levels. Following the 2015 massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, he helped lead volunteer efforts with the church and other organizations to enhance racial conciliation and healing. 

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Sunday, February 19, 2023
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 2
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Pohick Regional Library
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