From Slavery to Freedom Lab Opens at FHI

From Slavery to Freedom Lab Opens at FHI

FHI welcomed key speaker John W. Franklin, the son of famed African-American historian, John Hope Franklin, to this opening event of the new From Slavery to Freedom Lab. Dr. Franklin also serves as the cultural historian and senior manager of the Office of External Affairs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Dr. Valerie Ashby, Dean of the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University, also shared some of the lab's exciting upcoming projects. Named after John Hope Franklin’s groundbreaking 1947 history of African Americans, and directed by faculty members Richard J. Powell, Jasmine Nichole Cobb, and Lamonte Aidoo, the lab will “examine the life and afterlives of slavery and emancipation, linking Duke University to the Global South.” Planned projects include: a web source on primary sources on slavery in Duke University Libraries archives, featuring linkages to slavery in Carolinas and the Global South; a provision ground – the land typically set aside on plantations for enslaved people to grow their own crops – at Duke Campus Farm, as a “living monument” to represent the land’s history as a plantation; and an art exhibition on sculptural works related to the abolition of slavery.