"The economic wealth of the West has been built upon the backs of the enslaved, and its residual effects continue to reverberate throughout today’s global society. There is this illusion that slavery ceased with the end of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Emancipation Proclamation. In reality, slavery has evolved from the plantation, to the sharecropper, to the ghettos, to the criminal (in)justice system, to worldwide colonialism, to the international sex trade, to whatever name you want to give it. What then is the legacy of slavery? That injustices continue to perpetuate as long as a group of people are oppressed for the benefit of another. To quote Fannie Lou Hamer, civil rights activist, 'nobody’s free until everybody’s free.'"
-Duane M. Carter, Booher Library Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian and member of the Seminary of the Southwest Black History Month Committee.
An interactive collection compiled by Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times commemorating the 400th anniversary of American enslavement.
The 1619 Project: Pulitzer Center for Education Programming
A collection of resources for continuing education and lesson planning.
A reflection by Lindsey Ardrey (MDiv 2021) on the legacy of enslavement.
Artifacts of enslavement collected by the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
Slavery's Explosive Growth
A project by USA today to narrate the growth of slavery in images and charts.
The Freedman's Bureau Project
The Freedmen's Bureau was an agency created after emancipation that built schools and hospitals for formerly enslaved people and also began to record the names of men, women, and children who had been formerly enslaved. 150 years later, the Freedmen's Bureau Project has worked on digitizing those records to enable descendants of enslaved people to trace their family trees. Transcriptions of the records are also available at The Freedmen's Bureau Online.
Southwest community reflects on "The Enduring Legacy of Slavery in America" during Black History Month (2019).
Seminary of the Southwest came together over the month of February for several celebratory and reflective events honoring the contributions of African Americans in the United States and confronting the future of race in the church and country, centered around the theme "400 Years Later: The Enduring Legacy of Slavery in America."
In February 2019, the Black History Month keynote address was delivered by the Rev. Melanie Jones, the Crump Visiting Professor and Black Religious Scholars Group Scholar-in-Residence at Southwest.
On the last day of the month, Southwest gathered for a special service of Holy Eucharist with guest preacher the Rev. Jonathan Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University and Professor of Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School, and musical guest Southwest alumna Christie D. Campbell.
The Roberson Project: Slavery and Sewanee
A six-year initiative begun by the University of the South to address the University's relationship with enslaved peoples.
Slavery and the University of Virginia
A plan extended by the University of Virginia to recognize the ways in which slavery was used to build and bolster the University of Virginia.
Princeton Seminary: A Report of the Historical Audit Committee