Washington University in St. Louis has joined SlaveVoyages, a collaborative digital initiative that compiles information associated to the transatlantic slave trade. William Acree, co-director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Fairness (CRE²), suggests membership delivers university school and learners an chance to both advantage from and contribute to SlaveVoyages’ essential scholarship.
“SlaveVoyages is the world’s premier collection of databases and electronic scholarship for the study of the slave trade,” said Acree, a professor of Spanish in Arts & Sciences. “This venture is publicly accessible and has united students from close to the earth and has led to a higher understanding of the slave trade and enslavement.”
Acree said researchers for the WashU & Slavery Job are learning additional about the slave trade in and around St. Louis. Initiated in 2021 by CRE², the job is analyzing the university’s romantic relationship with enslavement and the legacies of slavery and racial violence.
“Our relationship with the SlaveVoyages project can aid drive this investigate further,” Acree said. “As the initial member of the SlaveVoyages job in the Midwest, Washington University can carry together universities that are positioned through the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri river valleys to get a feeling for what we know collectively about the availability of information on the river slave trade and to coordinate data collection, research and general public historical past initiatives.”
The SlaveVoyages website options a trans-Atlantic slave trade database, which paperwork extra than 36,000 voyages that transported enslaved Africans amongst 1514 and 1866 an intra-American slave trade database, which has information and facts on much more than 11,000 maritime voyages inside the Americas and databases that supply private facts of some 150,000 enslaved folks. The web page features maps of transport routes, 3D online video reconstructions of slaving vessels and interactive graphics monitoring the slave trade by 12 months and by nation.
Institutional customers are Emory, Harvard and Rice universities, the University of California, The College of the West Indies, the National Museum of African American Background and Society and the Omohundro Institute of Early American Record and Culture.