EDITED: Araujo on the Politics of Remembering Slavery

"Hallelujah" Stone Sculpture

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, governments, non-governmental organizations and societies in these different regions to individually and collectively update and reconstruct the slave past.

This edited volume examines the recent transnational emergence of the public memory of slavery, shedding light on the work of memory produced by groups of individuals who are descendants of slaves. The chapters in this book explore how the memory of the enslaved and slavers is shaped and displayed in the public space not only in the former slave societies but also in the regions that provided captives to the former American colonies and European metropoles. Through the analysis of exhibitions, museums, monuments, accounts, and public performances, the volume makes sense of the political stakes involved in the phenomenon of memorialization of slavery and the slave trade in the public sphere.


Featured Image Credit: “Hallelujah” Stone Sculpture near the site of the proposed U.S. Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg, VA / Robert A. Martin/AP via “Competing for History” | Upstart Magazine

TOC: Slavery & Abolition 30:2


Volume 30:2 is a special issue called  “Remembering Slave Trade Abolitions: Reflections on 2007 in International Perspective”.

Guest Editors:  Diana Paton and Jane Webster.

The table of contents is available here.  More information on the journal is available here.


Remembering Slave Trade Abolitions: Reflections on 2007 in International Perspective
Diana Paton; Jane Webster
Pages 161 – 167

‘Do You Remember the Days of Slav’ry?’ Connecting the Present with the Past in Contemporary Jamaica
Annie Paul
Pages 169 – 178

Barbados and the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Karl Watson
Pages 179 – 195
Reflections in a Shattered Glass: The British Council’s Celebrations of the Bicentenary of the 1807 Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Ghana
Manu Herbstein
Pages 197 – 207

The Slave Trade in Northern Ghana: Landmarks, Legacies and Connections
Benjamin W. Kankpeyeng
Pages 209 – 221

Remembering Slavery and Abolition in Bristol
Madge Dresser
Pages 223 – 246

Black Voices and Absences in the Commemorations of Abolition in North East England
Sheree Mack
Pages 247 – 257

Bringing it Home: Making Local Meaning in 2007 Bicentenary Exhibitions
Geoffrey Cubitt
Pages 259 – 275

Interpreting the Bicentenary in Britain
Diana Paton
Pages 277 – 289

Revealing Histories, Dialogising Collections: Museums and Galleries in North West England Commemorating the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Alan Rice
Pages 291 – 309

The Unredeemed Object: Displaying Abolitionist Artefacts in 2007
Jane Webster
Pages 311 – 325

The Brooks Slave Ship Icon: A ‘Universal Symbol’?
Jacqueline Francis
Pages 327 – 338