Travel Channel’s Hotel Secrets & Legends

On Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 9 PM EST the story of Ellen and William Craft and their brief stay at Planter’s Inn now the Dock Street Theater in Charleston, SC, will be told on Travel Channel’s Hotel Secrets & Legends. Narrated by Julia-Ellen Craft Davis.

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Avery Institute of Afro American History and Culture

Julia-Ellen Craft Davis speaking to school children at Avery Institute in CharlestonJulia-Ellen Craft Davis, the great, great granddaughter of slaves who escaped to freedom, talked to hundreds of Charleston County fourth-graders on December 15 and 16, 2011 at Avery Institute, serving as a modern-day connection to the 1860 autobiography written by her ancestors about their journey.

Every student in the room had read the children’s version of the Crafts’ story, “Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom,” as part of a larger College of Charleston effort to inspire a love of reading among children and encourage them to go to college. The interaction with Davis was one example of why those participating in and leading the program said it’s a worthwhile endeavor. The same project was repeated the following year, 2011, with Ms. Davis speaking to hundreds of more fourth graders. Continue reading at Post and Courier.



StoryCorps’ Griot Initiative

Julia-Ellen Craft Davis with others at Story Corps speaking on Herbert DeCostaJulia-Ellen Craft Davis (far right) recorded the life story of Herbert A. DeCosta and Family at StoryCorps’ mobile booth on November 9, 2012, in Charleston, SC. Julia-Ellen’s uncle Herbert A. DeCosta was the great-grandson of Ellen and William Craft. This was a part of the StoryCorps’ Griot Initiative, which was established to ensure that the voices, experiences, and life stories of African Americans will be preserved and presented with dignity.

Preservation Society of Charleston

The Preservation Society of Charleston honored African-American craftsmen and preservationist that followed with a reception at 91 Spring Street in Charleston, SC. The reception was hosted by the Thomas M. Pinckney Alliance of the Preservation Society of Charleston. The event was held in honor of Thomas Mayhem Pinckney, the artisan who helped the Society founder Susan Pringle Frost in much of her early preservation work.

The purpose of the Thomas Mayhem Pinckney Alliance is to support the Preservation Society of Charleston in identifying and preserving historic African American “built environments” in the Lowcountry. This includes those sites built by, occupied by and utilized for activities significant to the African American experience. The Thomas Mayhem Pinckney Committee also advocates for the expanded participation of African Americans in the Preservation Society’s activities and efforts.


St. John’s High School

John’s Island in Charleston County, SC
In 2013, Julia-Ellen Craft Davis Spoke to students at St. John’s High School, John’s Island in Charleston County, South Carolina about Ellen and William Craft.