“Inevitably, if you’re descended from one of the 10.7 million people who survived the Middle Passage, there’s going to be a point where there is no more data,” said Katrina Keefer, adjunct professor of history and cultural studies at Canada’s Trent University. That’s what academics want to know next: If researchers can discover where enslaved Africans came from, their descendants wouldn’t have to have a family history that began with slavery. Data on the slave trade will soon feed into a new information hub funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project, named Enslaved, will gather research about historic slavery in one place. It is expected to launch online in 2020.
Public Radio International, Apr. 4