Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
June 7, 2015
- July 20, 2015
This exhibition explores the transatlantic slave trade through a display of nearly 150 historical objects, many salvaged from sunken ships. Developed in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the turning point it represented for thousands of enslaved people at a pivotal point in the American Civil War. It's the first exhibit of its kind to examine the entire history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade from the 16th through the 19th centuries, while also presenting the most up-to-date research and discoveries to the public.
You'll see authentic artifacts from the wreck of an actual slave ship, such as restraints, tools, plates, and trade goods, as well as dozens of other objects from West African societies that show the uniqueness of the individual cultures they represent. These compelling artifacts create a provocative picture of this tragic era, while also engendering a sense of pride in the legacy of strength these enslaved people left behind.