Governor General Michaëlle Jean presided over the official inauguration of The Harriet Tubman Institute on March 25, 2007 – on the 200th anniversary of the day the British law to abolish the slave trade received Royal assent. The Tubman Institute is associated with the UNESCO “Slave Route” Project.
The Tubman Institute is an Organized Research Unit at York University and is governed by the regulations of the Senate of York University. The Tubman Institute incorporates earlier projects, including the York/UNESCO “Nigerian Hinterland Project” and the Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora.
The Story of The Tubman Institute
Overview Prospectus [pdf document]
Some highlights from the press:
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New research institute to focus on the African diaspora
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Workshop on memory and the African diaspora
Workshop to focus on Black history in Canada
Governor General’s Award nominee unearths forgotten history
Global slavery research project receives $2.5 million in funding