NEWS: Support the Amistad Research Center on GiveNOLA Day

The Amistad Research Center participates in GiveNola 2017 starting at midnight. If you have it, give a bit to support a tremendous black archive and research center! Read on: Dear Friend of Amistad, Tomorrow May 2, from midnight to midnight, Amistad Research Center is participating in GiveNOLA Day, which ignites the giving spirit throughout the region. … Continue reading NEWS: Support the Amistad Research Center on GiveNOLA Day

White on “Listening to the Enslaved” | openDemocracy

Sophie White on slave testimony and engaging the archive: "Indeed, far from seeing a court appearance as exclusively antagonistic, the enslaved sometimes seized the opportunity to testify. When they did so, they tended to move past the specifics of the court case. The importance of this archive therefore lies not in its presentation of factual … Continue reading White on “Listening to the Enslaved” | openDemocracy

Johnson on Black Death and the Gallows in 18th Century Jamaica

“One evening, on a road in Jamaica, a soldier belonging to the “Mulatto Company” made his evening rounds. He came upon a black man in the woods. The soldier called for his attention. Receiving no answer, he killed him…” Jessica Marie Johnson's October post for the African American Intellectual Society Blog is on black death … Continue reading Johnson on Black Death and the Gallows in 18th Century Jamaica

Shepard on Insurance Policy Registers and Post-Civil War Virginia

"Judy Batte of Hicksford, Virginia, a “house servant,” was the first African American to secure a policy, in February 1872, and she was followed by a fairly steady stream of men and women of her race. In fact, as the company grew and its client base became more national in scope, women made up an increasing percentage of policyholders..."