Join in for a free screening and discussion of the documentary film Beyond the Fields: Slavery at Middleton Place on February 15 at 6 pm at nearby Charlestowne Landing. A panel including the filmmakers and several documentary participants will take questions from the audience following the screening. Please RSVP below.
About the Documentary:
Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark on the Ashley River, has been engaged for decades in telling the story of all the people who lived here, both black and white. For many years, images of slavery by white artists have shown legions of African Americans toiling in fields of tobacco, sugar, cotton and rice. Looking beyond the fields, the Middleton Place Foundation documents and commemorates, as far as possible, the lives, families and contributions of some seven generations of people owned by the Middleton family.
The enslaved left few artifacts, personal papers or documents. In the Charleston area, even recorded oral histories are rare. Middleton family letters, plantation records, probate records and other public documents provide only brief glimpses into the lives of the enslaved at Middleton Place. The Foundation was confronted with the very real challenge of making visible those who had been invisible and extrapolating tangible evidence from the intangibles of their lives. The Beyond the Fields – Slavery at Middleton Place documentary film is an American story told through discussions with historians, authors, researchers, preservationists, historic site interpreters and descendants of the Middletons.