Jobie Hill believes that there is no substitute for the real-life experience of standing in historic spaces–slave houses, to be specific. She has made the historic preservation of slave houses her career mission. A licensed preservation architect, Hill founded an independent project titled, “Saving Slave Houses.” She is data mining information and evidence pertinent to all known slave houses including ex-slave narratives, recorded by the Federal Writer’s Project in the 1930’s, and applying her interdisciplinary research, examining dwellings of enslaved African Americans in order to explore the influence these houses had on their inhabitants. She has recorded, documented, and researched countless sites throughout the United States, with a four-year focus on locations in Virginia – all while serving as the Preservation Architect and Mulberry Row Project Manager at Monticello. Her fieldwork drives her belief that one can only gain true perspective from personally engaging with irreplaceable pieces of history and through documentation we can ensure that they are not lost forever.
Hill earned her M.S. degree from the University of Oregon, a M.A. degree from the University of Memphis, a B.Arch in architecture and a B.S. in anthropology from Rice University.