Public History

The classroom is only one of many spaces for creating and preserving knowledge about the past. For many people, it is not the first, or even the second, of such spaces. In addition to my research and teaching, I have been involved in projects to make the history of enslavement more central to public memory. In particular, I’ve worked on the public memory of enslavement in New England. Though scholars have know about the importance of the international slave trade to New England, and presence of enslaved and free Africans in New England, few public spaces or cultural works prompt people to add Africans and African descended people to their image of colonial Boston or Cambridge. Through work with the Harvard and Slavery Research Project and the Middle Passage Ceremony and Port Markers Project I have helped create public forums on and memorials to the history of enslavement in New England.

 

Harvard and Slavery Research Project (2011) – Recent developments at Harvard

Middle Passage Ceremony and Port Markers Project