BLOGROLL: Johnson on Slavery, History, Afrxlatinidad, and Solidarity in Trumplandia | @BitchMedia

Johnson writes: "It would take a spectacle of Black death—including massacres such as the 1866 Mechanic’s Hall riot in New Orleans, where local police opened fire on Republicans of both races, or the Memphis Race Riot that same year, which left some 40 to 50 Black residents dead—to push congress to implement a decisive Reconstruction … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Johnson on Slavery, History, Afrxlatinidad, and Solidarity in Trumplandia | @BitchMedia

VIDEO/CONF: Scenes at 20 – Inspirations, Riffs, and Reverberations

This symposium celebrates the 20th anniversary of Saidiya Hartman’s Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America and its impact on studies of Black lives in the past, present, and future. Please join us as we consider the work’s impact within its intergenerational intellectual context and theorize new possibilities for Black life and Black freedom in … Continue reading VIDEO/CONF: Scenes at 20 – Inspirations, Riffs, and Reverberations

BOOK: Smallwood on Saltwater Slavery and the Middle Passage

Smallwood, Stephanie E. Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora. 11/15/08 edition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. via HUP: "This bold, innovative book promises to radically alter our understanding of the Atlantic slave trade, and the depths of its horrors. Stephanie E. Smallwood offers a penetrating look at the process of … Continue reading BOOK: Smallwood on Saltwater Slavery and the Middle Passage

BLOGROLL: “We Can Never Tell the Entire Story of Slavery: In Conversation” An Interview with M. NourbeSe Philip

From 2014, Paul Watkins interviews M. NourbeSe Philip on history, memory, slavery, and the archive: "M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong! riffs on the legal document from the King’s Bench hearing. The legal account is one version of what happened, a happening couched in official language that Philip gradually dislodges through the poetic excavation and untelling of … Continue reading BLOGROLL: “We Can Never Tell the Entire Story of Slavery: In Conversation” An Interview with M. NourbeSe Philip

NEWS/BLOGROLL: Williams: By any name, half-acre of slave trade history not enough | Richmond.com

Columnist Michael Paul Williams on the Devil's Half Acre: "Regardless of whether Robert Lumpkin has his name immortalized, his half-acre slave jail site does not measure up to the task of fully telling Richmond’s slave-trading history. "Lumpkin’s name has become a source of disagreement among elected officials and residents debating how to best commemorate the … Continue reading NEWS/BLOGROLL: Williams: By any name, half-acre of slave trade history not enough | Richmond.com

NEWS: Richmond leaders debate whether slavery memorial should be named after man who ran notorious jail 

Via Richmond.com: "Historical accounts of Robert Lumpkin’s slave jail in Shockoe Bottom describe brutal and cruel conditions: confining shackles, fetid air, meager meals. "So why, wondered Richmond City Councilman Parker Agelasto during a budget hearing this week, does the city’s effort to create a slavery memorial at the site seem to also memorialize Lumpkin by … Continue reading NEWS: Richmond leaders debate whether slavery memorial should be named after man who ran notorious jail 

BOOK: Candido on An African Slaving Port

Mariana Candido, An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World: Benguela and Its Hinterland. Reprint edition. Place of publication not identified: Cambridge University Press, 2015. via Cambridge: This book traces the history and development of the port of Benguela, the third largest port of slave embarkation on the coast of Africa, from the early seventeenth to … Continue reading BOOK: Candido on An African Slaving Port

DIGITAL/EXHIBIT: John W. Anderson’s Kentucky Slave Pen

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center posted a digital exhibit, "A Slave Pen's Journey, 1832-34," on domestic slave trader John W. Anderson's Kentucky slave pen.  Exhibit: A Slave Pen Journey - Google Arts & Culture Credits: Exhibit Photographers — Roy Davis & Audrey Ann Artifacts — From the Collection of the National Underground Railroad Freedom … Continue reading DIGITAL/EXHIBIT: John W. Anderson’s Kentucky Slave Pen