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Dunbar on Black Slavery and the General Viewing Audience | Process

Erica Armstrong Dunbar (University of Delaware) at Process History on slavery in films: Shortly after its premier, Roots was plagued with controversy regarding the authenticity of Haley’s research and scholarship. But families like mine held fast to the importance of the miniseries. We had no alternatives. Many criticized the romanticized relationships that appeared in Roots, but it didn’t matter to us. We were grateful. Grateful … Continue reading Dunbar on Black Slavery and the General Viewing Audience | Process

Bree Newsome Speaks Out After Her Act of Civil Disobedience

At dawn on June 27, 2015, Bree Newsome (with support from local activists) scaled the flag pole in front of South Carolina’s courthouse in Charleston, and took down the Confederate flag. She was immediately arrested and posted bail (thanks, in part, to crowdfunded support from Color of Change and Ferguson Action). In an exclusive statement published at Blue Nation Review, Bree Newsome explained what she … Continue reading Bree Newsome Speaks Out After Her Act of Civil Disobedience

Johnson on Time, Space, and Memory at Whitney Plantation (Louisiana)

If your summer travels take you to Louisiana, be sure to visit Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana (about forty miles from New Orleans). See below for #ADPhD Founder and Curator Jessica Marie Johnson’s reflection on her visit last February…. Johnson on Time, Space, and Memory at Whitney Plantation “Each statue represents a person. Most represent one of the thirty odd men and women who experienced … Continue reading Johnson on Time, Space, and Memory at Whitney Plantation (Louisiana)

[Susie Sharpe Family]" in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. As seen here: http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/nc_post/id/774/rec/8

BLOG: Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina (2010)

  Johnston, Angelina Ray, and Wise, Robinson. “Commemorating Faithful Slaves, Mammies, and Black Confederates.” Blog. Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina, March 19, 2010. http://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/features/essays/ray_wise/. “…Anxious to refute any suggestion that slavery had required the dehumanization of African Americans, white Southerners recalled their enslaved caretakers as willing “servants” who had been content, even grateful, for their lot in life. These commemorative gestures, which only hinted at … Continue reading BLOG: Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina (2010)

Slavery Public History

EDITED: Horton and Horton on Slavery and American Memory

Slavery Public History

James Oliver Horton and Lois E Horton. Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

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Journee Nationale 2013

TODAY: 8th Journée Nationale des Mémoires de la Traite, de l’Esclavage et de Leurs Abolitions

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May 10, 2013 is France’s national day of remembrance of the slave trade, slavery and their abolition.

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"Hallelujah" Stone Sculpture

EDITED: Araujo on the Politics of Remembering Slavery

Ana Lucia Araujo, ed. Politics of Memory: Making Slavery Visible in the Public Space. Routledge, 2012. via Routledge: The public memory of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade, which some years ago could be observed especially in North America, has slowly emerged into a transnational phenomenon now encompassing Europe, Africa, and Latin America, and even Asia – allowing the populations of African descent, organized groups, … Continue reading EDITED: Araujo on the Politics of Remembering Slavery

Monument to Slaves

TODAY: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

"Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation"

March 25th is United Nations International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The theme for 2013 is ‘Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation:’

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history.

The annual observance of 25 March as the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade serves as an opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system, and to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

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International Underground Railroad Memorial, Detroit, MI & Windsor, Canada / Ed Dwight

FORUM on the International Underground Railroad Memorial

The January 2013 issue of the Journal of American Ethnic History hosts a forum on the International Underground Railroad Memorial: Faires, Nora. “Across the Border to Freedom: The International Underground Railroad Memorial and the Meanings of Migration.” Journal of American Ethnic History 32, no. 2 (January 1, 2013): 38–67. Kerber, Linda K. “Crossing Borders.” Journal of American Ethnic History 32, no. 2 (January 1, 2013): … Continue reading FORUM on the International Underground Railroad Memorial