Preserving Manuscripts in Timbuktu (CSM)

"Ahmed Saloum Boularaf is holding a leather-bound sheaf of documents that date back to the 13th century. The manuscript contains a poetic rendition of the life of the Prophet Mohammad, written in the lacy Arabic handwriting of an African scholar who knew how to read before some Europeans even knew of the existence of books. … Continue reading Preserving Manuscripts in Timbuktu (CSM)

Ayiti Kraze / Haiti in Fragments Social Text)

"For some, Haiti is the “poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere,” a “failed state,” long on the brink of collapse. For others, Haiti is a beacon of freedom, evidence of the only successful slave revolt in modern history. This forum brings together scholars from different fields of study, and different parts of the world, for … Continue reading Ayiti Kraze / Haiti in Fragments Social Text)

Film on Slavery Follows New England Family

"Newton resident James DeWolf Perry had heard stories from his family’s distant past, but until he started work on a film about slavery he never knew the full extent of a certain ancestor's business dealings. Perry is a direct descendent of James DeWolf, a Rhode Island senator and a slave trader. Dewolf brought over more … Continue reading Film on Slavery Follows New England Family

NYT on Henry “Box” Brown’s Escape from U.S. Slavery

"The box that arrived in Philadelphia that day was the plain-looking sort typically used to transport dry goods. Just over 3 feet long, it was 2 feet 8 inches deep and not quite 2 feet wide. Written on the side were the words “this side up with care.’ ’Safe to say, the recipient of the … Continue reading NYT on Henry “Box” Brown’s Escape from U.S. Slavery

WEB: The Public Archive

About: "Given the incredible loss of life as a result of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in the Republic of Haiti, it may appear frivolous to turn to history – but history, too, has been a casualty of this disaster. In the reporting on the earthquake and the relief operations, Haiti’s history has been contorted … Continue reading WEB: The Public Archive

WEB: Katherine Dunham at LOC

"Katherine Dunham was an American dancer-choreographer who was best known for incorporating African American, Caribbean, African, and South American movement styles and themes into her ballets. The Katherine Dunham Collection at the Library of Congress consists of moving image materials that document the extraordinary journey of a woman who changed the face of American modern … Continue reading WEB: Katherine Dunham at LOC

Through Russwurm’s Eyes: ‘The Conditions and Prospects of Haiti’

"May we not indulge in the pleasing hope, that the independence of Haiti has laid the foundation of an empire that will take rank with the nations of the earth — that a country, the local situation of which is favorable to trade and commercial enterprise, possessing a free and well-regulated government, which encourages the … Continue reading Through Russwurm’s Eyes: ‘The Conditions and Prospects of Haiti’

African Burial Ground, and Its Dead, Are Given Life(NYT)

So in 1991, when during construction of a General Services Administration office building in Lower Manhattan, graves were discovered 24 feet below ground, and when those remains led to the discovery of hundreds of other bodies in the same area, and when it was determined that these were black New Yorkers interred in what a … Continue reading African Burial Ground, and Its Dead, Are Given Life(NYT)

Slaves in Utah alongside Brigham Young

"Listed on the Brigham Young Monument on Temple Square are the members of the first pioneer company to enter the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847. Three of the names are set just a little apart from the others under the subhead: Colored Servants. These are Green Flake, Oscar Crosby and Hark Lay. Crosby and … Continue reading Slaves in Utah alongside Brigham Young

Early Black History in Michigan Territory

Shawna Mazur writes: "Repeatedly throughout history, African Americans have played a role in shaping our country’s development. The years previous to and during the War of 1812 were no exception. Slavery was increasingly becoming an issue for the United States and Canadian governments. The differences between the two country’s policies often meant the difference between … Continue reading Early Black History in Michigan Territory