Using items from the John Carter Brown Library’s unparalleled collections on the history of slavery in the Americas, this exhibition presents a narrative of slave dwellings ranging from El Mina, the 15th-century slaving fort in modern-day Ghana, through the Middle Passage to plantations that represented, in the words of W.E.B. DuBois, a veritable descent into hell in a New World. The exhibition focuses on construction techniques used to build plantation slave dwellings, the domestic activities that took place within them and the ways in which slave dwellings formed part of a larger colonial built environment. MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library, 94 George Street.
Rooms of their Own: Dwellings of the Enslaved and the Free in the Early Americas
When: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 8:30am to Friday, April 27, 2018 - 5:00pm