Project Director: Paul E. Lovejoy
The aim of the project is to catalogue, organize and preserve digital humanities initiatives related to slavery and the global African diaspora in the age of the international slave trade and promotes several projects at the Tubman Institute that stem from this theme. Website projects and platforms related to slavery in the Americas, Africa, the Mediterranean, and Indian Ocean are included. The online inventory of slavery sites, periodically updated, brings together projects in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish. The site is divided into thematic categories that examine databases, quantitative research tools, and digital materials in a coherent and critical structure based on best practices to assist research and teaching. The Digital Slavery Project is in accordance with the United Nations declaration of the International Decade for People of African Descent and recognizes that slavery is a “crime against humanity” that warrants reparations and restitution. The Digital Slavery site was launched on the tenth anniversary of The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas on March 25, 2017 as part of the UN International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, whose theme in 2017 was “Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent".