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Slavery and Resistance

"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, Harrison Library Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian and member of the Seminary of the Southwest Black History Month Committee.

Web Resources

An interactive collection compiled by Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times commemorating the 400th anniversary of American enslavement.

The 1619 Project. The New York Times Magazine. 2019. Web. 26 Aug. 2019.

The 1619 Project: Pulitzer Center for Education Programming

A collection of resources for continuing education and lesson planning.

The 1619 Project: Pulitzer Center Education Programming. Pulitzer Center. 2019. Web. 26 Aug. 2019. 

Anointed Tears

A reflection by Lindsey Ardrey (MDiv 2021) on the legacy of enslavement.

Ardrey, Lindsey. "Anointed Tears" Sowing Holy Questions. 10 Apr. 2019. Web. 30 Jul. 2019.

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade

Explore or reconstruct the lives of individuals who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in the historical trade.

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade. n.d. Web. 2021 Oct. 7.

Slavery Collection

Artifacts of enslavement collected by the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Slavery Collection. National Museum of African American History & Culture. Web. 30 Jul. 2019.

Slavery's Explosive Growth

A project by USA today to narrate the growth of slavery in images and charts.

Slavery's Explosive Growth, In Charts: How '20 and Odd' Became Millions. USA Today. 2019. Web. 26 Aug. 2019.

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.

The Freedmen's Bureau Project. 2016 Jun 20. Web. 2020 Feb 1.

The Enduring Legacy of Slavery in America

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 Role of Slavery in Institutions

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.

The Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation. Sewanee: University of the South. n.d. Web. 17 Nov 2019.

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.

President's Commission on Slavery and the University. University of Virginia. 2013. Web. 05 Sep. 2019.

Princeton Seminary: A Report of the Historical Audit Committee

Princeton Seminary and Slavery: A Report of the Historical Audit Committee. Princeton Theological Seminary. 2018. Web. 05 Sep. 2019.