Links to African Diaspora Educational Websites

African Diaspora Forum (York University)

The African Diaspora Forum is a discussion forum on topics and themes relating to the history of the African diaspora.The Forum is managed by graduate students who are associated with the Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora at York University. 

African Studies Center (University of Pennsylvania)

Comprehensive list of resources available online under the “Online Resources” link.

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy

The Louisiana Slave Database and the Louisiana Free Database: 1719-1820. Users can locate individual slaves who lived in Louisiana between the years of 1718 and 1820. Find valuable historical data from over 100,000 descriptions of slaves found in documents in Louisiana between 1718 and 1821 by searching identifiers such as gender, racial designation, or plantation location. Users can even search the origin of the slaves brought to Louisiana in the 18th and 19th centuries to work the New World. 

Archives of Ontario – Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada

We do not know who these people are. They had their portraits taken sometime during the 1870s or 1880s. The older people might have been slaves; perhaps the younger ones were descendants of slaves. The documents and images in this exhibit come from the collections of the Archives of Ontario and from other heritage organizations as noted. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are shown as written in the original documents. 

Breaking the Ice: The Mary Ann Shadd Story

When Mary Ann Shadd came to Canada from the United States she came by railroad. But unlike the flood of Black fugitive slaves who came to Canada via the Underground Railroad, Shadd travelled with her freedom rather than for it. The Underground Railroad was not a real railroad but was a secret network of people, of safe houses, set up to help Blacks escape the slavery of several American states and move to free states, or freedom in Canada. The organization used railroad terms as codes to describe the actions of people who belonged to the network and helped fugitives along the way. For example, Mary Ann Shadd’s family served as a “station,” or transfer point, along the route to freedom. “Conductors” helped escaped persons by hiding them from being recaptured by their masters. Conductors moved their “passengers” or “cargo” from one station to another.

Buxton National Historic Site & Museum

Through the years, Buxton has been awarded many grants, providing the museum board with the finances needed to contract staff and purchase supplies to add to the ever-growing collection of site archives. Researchers are a common sight at the Buxton Museum. Our collection is on rare occasions loaned to other facilities, such as the Royal Ontario Museum. We suggest that you make an appointment to view specific archives on our site. 

Centre international de recherches sur les esclavages (CIRESC)

The Centre international de recherches sur les esclavages (CIRESC) is an International Research Group (GDRI), established in January 2008 as part of an agreement between the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7), University of Poitiers and York University in Canada. 

Charles H. Wright Museum on African American History

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. The museum provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. 

Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies

The ESSSS project, directed by Jane Landers and administered at Vanderbilt University, preserves and digitizes endangered ecclesiastical and secular documents related to slavery in the Americas. This website provides information about the project and its history and tools that allow researchers to search the ESSSS database containing nearly 300,000 documents from three countries and several archives. While most of the documents contained here belong to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, there are also some Cuban documents from the sixteenth century and Brazilian documents from the seventeenth century.

EUROTAST

EUROTAST is a Marie Curie Actions Initial Training Network (ITN), supporting a new generation of researchers to explore and investigate the history and legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. Funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme, the network will be running for four years from 2012 to 2016. It will facilitate 13 PhD candidates and 2 postdoctoral fellows, across ten European partner institutions, to develop research and facilitate outreach initiatives with leading international specialists in history, archaeology, social anthropology and population genetics. 

H-Africa

Welcome to H-Africa, a member of H-Net’s consortium of scholarly lists. H-Africa encourages discussion of Africa’s history, culture, and African studies generally. Africanists of all disciplines are encouraged to subscribe. 

Mémoire St. Barth – History of Saint-Barthelemy

Comité de Liaison et d’Application des Sources Historiques – Resources dedicated to the history of Saint-Barthelemy: slave trade, slavery, their abolition and impact on this island of the Lesser Antilles.

Montagnards

This section, which is a work in progress, begins with a preamble situating the Mandara montagnards in broader context.

National Geographic: The Underground Railroad

You are a slave.Your body, your time, your very breath belong to a farmer in 1850s Maryland. Six long days a week you tend his fields and make him rich. You have never tasted freedom.You never expect to. And yet . . . your soul lights up when you hear whispers of attempted escape. Freedom means a hard, dangerous trek. Do you try it?

Ontario Black Historical Society

The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) is a non-profit registered Canadian charity, dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of Black History and heritage. 

Sierra Leone Heritage

The Sierra Leone Heritage site is the main output of a research project entitled ‘Reanimating Cultural Heritage: Digital Repatriation, Knowledge Networks and Civil Society Strengthening in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone’. The project is being funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Beyond Text programme and is being directed by Dr. Paul Basu of University College London. The project’s Informatics team is being led by Dr. Martin White of the University of Sussex. 

Slave Narratives: An Introduction to the WPA Slave Narratives

In 1855, John Little, a fugitive slave who had escaped to Canada, uttered this perceptive commentary upon attempts to convey the realities of the existence that he had fled: “Tisn’t he who has stood and looked on, that can tell you what slavery is–’tis he who has endured.” The view that slavery could best be described by those who had themselves experienced it personally has found expression in several thousand commentaries, autobiographies, narratives, and interviews with those who “endured.” 

Slavery in Canada Portal

This portal is an open site providing an online digital textbook and a full collection of resources for the study of slavery in Canadian history. 

The Anti-slavery Issues in Canada, 1830-1870

The Anti-slavery Issues in Canada, 1830-1870: A Selective Bibliography site has been archived in the Electronic Collection of Library and Archives Canada.  

The Antislavery Literature Project

The Antislavery Literature Project was established in 2002 as a collaborative electronic publishing project in a major but under-studied area of American literature. The Project is based in the Arizona State University’s English department and works in cooperation with the EServer, located at Iowa State University.

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas

The 1,280 images in this collection have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public – in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World.

The Black Atlantic Resource

The Black Atlantic Resource provides free access to current research, artworks, chronological and bibliographic information in this area. We are happy to publish posts about new publications in relevant fields of study, as well as book reviews, and information about other online resources. This exciting new resource is a collaborative project between the University of Liverpool and Tate Liverpool originally constructed on the occasion of Tate Liverpool’s exhibition “Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic”. This resource seeks to promote the study of black Atlantic cultures by providing a hub for access to current research, debates and online materials and a space for scholarly exchange. 

The Black Atlantic Resource Debate

The Black Atlantic Resource Debate space, a blog which forms part of the Black Atlantic Resource project. 

The Black Community in the History of Québec and Canada

Primary and Secondary Source Materials In partnership: Provincial Association of Social Studies Teachers Quebec Board of Black Educators Ministère de l’éducation Services à la Communauté Anglophone Direction des Politiques et des Projets.

The Freedmen’s Bureau Online

The Freedmen’s Bureau, The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands… …often referred to as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen, including issuing rations, clothing and medicine. The Bureau also assumed custody of confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States, border states, District of Columbia, and Indian Territory. The bureau records were created or maintained by bureau headquarters, the assistant commissioners and the state superintendents of education and included personnel records and a variety of standard reports concerning bureau programs and conditions in the states. 

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 80 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. 

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 12 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history. 

Understanding Slavery Initiative

The Understanding Slavery initiative (USI) is a national learning project which supports the teaching and learning of transatlantic slavery and its legacies using museum and heritage collections. Over the past eight years, six museums across the UK have worked in partnership to share expertise, develop resources, training opportunities and school sessions. One of the main tenets of the USI partnership is that the history of transatlantic slavery does not belong to any one cultural group, or nation. It is a global history whose legacy can be seen and felt in various areas of today’s societies on an international scale. The USI partners have developed resources and approaches with an understanding that by reviewing the history, and understanding its wider global impacts, teachers and learners gain a better understanding of how to read history and ways in which to make sense of the world in which they live today. Each USI partner will continue to maintain shared ethos and approaches to their work through the development and delivery of learning sessions and further resources. USI has been funded by the Department of Culture Media and Sport and the Department of Education (formerly the Department of Children Schools and Families) through the Strategic Commissioning Programme. If you wish to contact the USI Project team please email them at understandingslavery@nmm.ac.uk