Middleton Place Foundation has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the project “Enslavement at Middleton Place: Sharing a More Complete American Story.” The funds will be used to strengthen the narrative of the enslaved Africans and African Americans in two existing permanent exhibits at Middleton Place National Historic Landmark.
Funding from the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) provides the Foundation the opportunity to introduce the public to additional stories about the important contributions of the enslaved and the impact of slavery on today’s society. With the support of NEH, the Foundation will restart the project that was disrupted during the pandemic to update the exhibit in Eliza’s House that documents the story of the enslaved at Middleton Place and in South Carolina. Within the exhibit, an interpretive panel that currently lists 2600 names of enslaved Africans and African Americans will be updated with 400 additional names that have been discovered since the panel was originally installed in 2005.
NEH funds will also be used to update the exhibits in the Stableyards, launch the descendant-led African American Heritage Seed Initiative, and align on-site and online educational digital programming to continue to reach new audiences. The support of the NEH will ensure more audiences have the opportunity to explore and examine our complex American history.
“The NEH grant allows the Foundation to increase its capacity to share our collective history in its entirety and build an understanding that we are a product of the past – both individually and collectively,” said Tracey Todd, President and CEO of Middleton Place Foundation. “We look forward to facilitating new conversations with the public through the updated exhibitions.”
ABOUT MIDDLETON PLACE FOUNDATION
Middleton Place Foundation, a public, non-profit educational trust, is responsible for the effective operation and preservation of Middleton Place National Historic Landmark and of the Edmondston-Alston House. The Foundation upholds the highest levels of historic preservation, research, education, and inclusive interpretation by sharing the stories of the Africans, African Americans, Europeans, and Indigenous Peoples who lived and worked on these historic properties. Middleton Place Foundation connects people with the past, inspiring a deeper understanding of ourselves and each other through American history.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.