4016 Carya Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27610
Speaker: Douglas Porter, Historic Sites Manager, Mordecai House
The “Moses Mordecai Place” was once one of the largest plantations in central North Carolina. Over two hundred enslaved people have been documented as living on the site in the years between 1785-1865. There were likely many more. For over ten years, Porter has worked to uncover the lives and experiences of those enslaved on the Mordecai planation. He has also attempted to determine the geographic breadth, as well as the layout, of the “Mordecai Place” as it was in the antebellum era when the plantation was at its height. Porter will be discussing his research and methods.
Douglas Porter is a native of Mount Airy, NC. He holds an MA and PhD in US History. His primary interest centers on race, class, gender, and religion in 19th North Carolina. Douglas is currently the Downtown Cultural Resources Director for the City of Raleigh. In this role, he is responsible for directing the cultural resources and programs within downtown Raleigh including the City of Raleigh Museum and Raleigh's historic squares. Prior to this, Douglas worked as the Historic Sites Manager for the City of Raleigh, where he managed Mordecai Historic Park, the Tucker House, the Borden Building, and the Historic Raleigh Trolley Program.
Join us for our Black History Month lecture. All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public. Bring a friend! Refreshments will be served during social time after the presentation.