West and Central African Slaving Regions
Name and date: West and Central African Slaving Regions (1995)
Description: This map displays where the slaves came from and where the trading occurred; on the gulf of the western half of Africa’s border.
Questions: Why were the slaves chosen from these specific areas? What was the thought process behind how their slave trade system?
Women of Northern Nigeria, 1820s
Name and date: Women of Northern Nigeria, 1820s (1826)
Description: Two women carrying hand made vase on their head. Clothed in with cloth and only partially covered, barefoot.
Questions: Why does one have their upper body covered and the other one does not? Why is one vase shaped like a “U”?
Slave Coffle, Central Africa, 1874
Name and date: Slave Coffle, Central Africa, 1874 (1876)
Description: Men, women, and children carrying baskets, supplies, etc., with shackles.
Questions: Why does the child in the front not have shackles like the rest? Why are children being used as slaves?
James Island and Fort Gambie, 1755
Name and date: James Island and Fort Gambie, 1755 (1755)
Description: A color coded map displaying where the fort was located and the bordering camps surrounding the main fort.
Questions: Why was the fort shaped square-like? Why did the bordering forts only cover half of the land mass?
Cross-Section of Slave Ship, 1828-1829
Name and date: Cross-Section of Slave Ship, 1828-1829 (1831)
Description: This image displays a view of how the slave ships were set up. It shows an overhead view of the ship, a side view within the ship, and a view of how slaves were seated in the ship, including the measurements of each of the sections of the ship.
Questions: Why did the slaves get so crammed into such a tight, confined are? How was the experience for the slaves? What did the slaves have to go through in the ship and getting on the ship? How long was the ship ride? What was the casualty of death?
Slave Auction, Richmond, Virginia, 1853
Name and date: Slave Auction, Richmond, Virginia, 1853 (1856)
Description: A white man on a stage auctioning a black woman to a bunch of well dressed white men surrounding the stage.
Questions: Why were they in a building? How does it feel to be auctioned off as if you are not human?
Picking Cotton, U.S. South, 1873-74
Name and date: Picking Cotton, U.S. South, 1873-74 (1881)
Description: A bunch of slaves picking cotton in a cotton field.
Questions: Why did the slaves have to pick cotton? How does it feel to work all day non-stop with such poor living conditions?
Rural House, Santo Domingo, 1873
Name and date: Rural House, Santo Domingo, 1873 (1873)
Description: A man standing in the doorway of a hut surrounded by forestry and several farm animals.
Questions: What was the experience like to build your own house from surrounding supplies? How long would it take to build your own house?
Free Women of Color and Household, Paramaribo, Suriname, ca. 1831
Name and date: Free Women of Color and Household, Paramaribo, Suriname, ca. 1831 (1839)
Description: Well dressed black women outside of a house complex.
Questions: How did they gain their freedom? How could they afford the dresswear?
Milkmaid and Milk sellers, Suriname, ca. 1831
Name and date: Milkmaid and Milk sellers, Suriname, ca. 1831 (1839)
Description: A woman of color is milking a cow outside of a house and selling it to other women of color.
Questions: How did she get a cow? How much did she get paid for the cow milk?
Market Stall and Market Women, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1819-1820
Name and date: Market Stall and Market Women, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1819-1820 (1822)
Description: Women with baskets on their heads in a stall, tent-like structure selling food goods to villagers.
Questions: Why do they carry baskets on their heads? HOw did they keep their balance?
Capoeira Dance, Brazil, 1830s
Name and date: Capoeira Dance, Brazil, 1830s (1835)
Description: Men, women, and children of color all dancing together on the dirt road.
Questions: Why are they dancing? Why are they in the road?
Black Family, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862
Name and date: Black Family, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862 (1981)
Description: A black family standing outside of their house taking a family photograph.
Questions: Why were they getting their photograph taken? Why do they look so distraught and angered?
Moravian Congregation, St. Thomas, West Indies, 1757
Name and date: Moravian Congregation, St. Thomas, West Indies, 1757(1757)
Description: A group of people in a religious sanctum performing an exorcism.
Questions: Why did they need to perform an exorcism on that person? How did they perform the exorcism?
Black Troops of the Union Army, Philadelphia, Early 1864
Name and date: Black Troops of the Union Army, Philadelphia, Early 1864 (1864)
Description: A group of colored males in white army uniforms next to white commanding officer in blue.
Questions: Why did the colored men wear different colored uniforms? Why is there a young boy in the army with a drum?
Revenge Against French Soldiers, Saint Domingue (Haiti), 1805
Name and date: Revenge Against French Soldiers, Saint Domingue (Haiti), 1805 (1805)
Description: Colored male soldiers hanging French soldiers.
Questions: Why were they hanging Frenchmen? How did they capture the Frenchmen?
Emancipation Monument, Barbados
Name and date: Emancipation Monument, Barbados (1985)
Description: A statue of a slave with broken shackles and standing in victory?
Questions: When was the statue crafted? Why is this statue located in Barbados?
Phillis Wheatley, ca. 1773
Name and date: Phillis Wheatley, ca. 1773 (1773)
Description: A portrait of a thinking colored young woman writing at a desk.
Questions: What was she thinking? What was she writing?