Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865

January 21 2019
Library Resource Center

Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865
Xavier will serve as host for the traveling version of The Historic New Orleans Collection's exhibit, “Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865”from Monday, Jan. 21, to Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Library Resource Center (First Floor). The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular Library hours.

In addition, there will be weekly presentations/discussions each Tuesday evening in the Nissan Room from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., starting Jan. 22 with “Why History Matters”, led by Dr. Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir (XU History) and Erin Greenwald (LEH, Curator of the exhibit while at THNOC).

In addition to the Jan. 22 event, there are five other weekly presentations/discussions scheduled during the exhibit’s run, including:

Tuesday, Jan. 29 – The Role of Journalism. This session focuses on the role journalism had as a method for families to search for relatives sold into the domestic slave trade. In contemporary times, what role has journalism and social media had in helping families/communities reconnect following separations due to conflicts, migration, natural disasters, missing persons, etc. Especially, what role has the black press assumed in addressing the concerns of people of African descent that are not always covered in majority media outlets? Participants: Shearon Roberts (XU Mass Comm), Renette Dejoie-Hall (Publisher, Louisiana Weekly), Anitra Brown, Editor, New Orleans Tribune)

Tuesday, Feb. 05 – The Importance of Slave Narratives. This session might consider the myriad ways that slave narratives can be read including both autobiography and ethnography. Each critical lens offering insights into persona lives and institutional practices of slavery.
Participants: Jimmy Worthy (XU English), Jerry Ward (retired, Prof. of English, Dillard U)

Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Black Lives in Cinema. This session examines the depiction of slavery in cinema and considers how film constructs narratives and representations of people of African descent. Session can include series of film clips. Participants: James Shade (XU English & Creative Writing), Robin G. Vander (XU, English, AADS, and Performance Studies). 

Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Family Histories. 
Inspired by the Georgetown University history with slavery and the separation of families via the domestic trade to in Louisiana, this session highlights genealogy research. It can include practical information on how to begin searches and resources available, to sharing highlights of family histories in Louisiana. This also includes considerations of Creole family histories. Participants: Wendy Gaudin (XU History), Jari Honora (professional genealogist)

Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Reclaiming African American Legacies and the Human Spirit. This session spotlights recent projects on African American history in the Greater New Orleans and surrounding areas. These projects include historical research as content for self-guided walking tour app, a series of cards used in teaching history. Session might also highlight an additional walking tour of African American history and along with details of recreating historic moments in African American history. This session considers history in the present, and perhaps provides a working response/addition to the first session, Why History Matters. Participants: David Robinson-Morris (XU, Institutional Advancement; Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit; Education), Freddi Williams Evans (Ashe Cultural Center), Laura Tennyson (Contemporary Arts Center). Pending confirmation: Leon A. Waters (Hidden History).