Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Historic Preservation


Hudgins, Carter

Committee Member

Muldrow, Ralph C

Committee Member

Ward, James L


Although enslaved Africans constituted a significant majority of the population of Charleston County, South Carolina, from the early eighteenth century until the Civil War, only miniscule number of former slave houses survive. Intense analysis of the surviving slave houses at McLeod Plantation on James Island raises questions about what inherent aspects of their plan and construction constitutes what this study labels 'slave architecture.' The emergence, development and decline of slave houses reflects the broader history of slavery in the South Carolina Lowcountry and suggests that improved documentation of these rare buildings can play an important role in conveying the history of Charleston County's antebellum black majority.