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This virtual conference brings together historians, digital humanists, and community activists to raise important questions about the global and local impacts of slavery. It arose out of a historical research project that sought to commemorate lives lost in the Middle Passage. Our research into those deaths demanded that we consider the resonances of those lost in the present day. We thus take into consideration the history of slavery as well as its immeasurable impacts on the descendants of the enslaved.

“Commemorations & Reparations: Slavery’s Global Legacies & Local Contexts” will take place on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30, 2021. The schedule of speakers is listed below.


Fri, Jan 29, 2021, 16:00-17:30 EST

Keynote Address: Jessica Marie Johnson, “La Traversée: Long Middle Passages and the Slave Trade to Louisiana”

How do we remember, study, and account for lives lost in the Middle Passage? How did Africans account for the experience themselves? This talk explores the French slave trade between the West African coast (principally Senegambia) and Gulf Coast Louisiana for strategies African women, children, and men used to describe, resist, and confront the impossible violence of their experience.


Sat, Jan 30, 2021, 11:00-12:15 EST

William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, “On From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century


Sat, Jan 30, 2021, 13:30-14:45 EST

Pierce Freelon, “Haiti 2 Hayti: A Legacy of Revolutionary Pan African Culture in Durham”


With the help of our friends at The Regulator Bookshop, we are pleased to offer a 10% discount on William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen’s From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century (UNC Press, 2020). Use the coupon code COMMEMORATIONS at checkout.

For more information, or for assistance with accessibility concerns, please contact us at tye.landels@duke.edu.