A Short History

governor general michaelle jeanGovernor 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

Research Centres on the African Diaspora Heritage: The Harriet Tubman Institute – Paul E. Lovejoy

Overview Prospectus [pdf document]

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Some highlights from the press:

Governor General to open new research institute on African people

Let freedom ring: Governor General opens new research institute

New research institute to focus on the African diaspora

York celebrates Black History Month with music and dance

For whom the Buxton Bell tolled

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