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I visited the Nigerian city Lagos about one year ago and I was surprised – ó ya mi l’ẹ́nu – walking through the “Brazilian quarter”, a district known locally as Pópó Àgùdà.

On Barbados, the First Black Slave Society

Barbados was the birthplace of British slave society and the most ruthlessly colonized by Britain’s ruling elites. They made their fortunes from sugar produced by an enslaved, “disposable” workf

9 Facts About Slavery

A circulating list of nine historical “facts” about slavery accurately details the participation of non-whites in slave ownership and trade in America.

The Origins of Slavery in Virginia

For years a Dutch ship was credited with bringing the first slaves to Virginia in 1619. Latest scholarship indicates that two English pirate ships intercepted a Portuguese ship in the Gulf of Mexico,

The Forks of the Road Slave Market at Natchez

In the decades prior to the American Civil War, market places where enslaved Africans were bought and sold could be found in every town of any size in Mississippi. Natchez was unquestionably the stat

Slavery in Early Texas

The history of slavery in Texas, so far as it is of interest to us, began with the year 1821, when Moses Austin received permission to plant an Anglo-American colony on the banks of the Colorado and t

Slavery in Antebellum Georgia

When the Georgia Trustees first envisioned their colonial experiment in the early 1730s, they banned slavery in order to avoid the slave-based plantation economy that had developed in other colonies i

South Carolina's Lowcountry: A Port of Entry for Enslaved Africans

South Carolina’s Lowcountry holds a major place of importance in African-American history for many reasons, but perhaps most importantly as a port of entry for people of African descent. Accordi

Timeline of Compromises over Slavery

From the nation’s very inception, the existence of slavery stood in glaring contrast to the ideals of liberty and justice expressed in the preamble to the Constitution. The Constitution itself p

The growth of slavery in North Carolina

Slavery has been part of North Carolina’s history since its settlement by Europeans in the late 1600s and early 1700s. Many of the first slaves in North Carolina were brought to the colony from the

Thomas Jefferson and Slavery

Throughout his entire life, Thomas Jefferson was a consistent opponent of slavery. Calling it a “moral depravity” and a “hideous blot,” he believed that slavery presented the greatest threat

Slavery in America: The Montgomery, Alabama Slave Trade

Slavery in America: The Montgomery Slave Trade documents American slavery and Montgomery’s prominent role in the domestic slave trade. The report is part of EJI’s project focused on developing