The public memory of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade, which some years ago could be observed especially in North America, has slowly emerged into a transnational phenomenon now encompassing Europe, Africa, and Latin America, and even Asia – allowing the populations of African descent, organized groups, governments, non-governmental organizations and societies in these different regions to individually and collectively update and reconstruct the slave past.

This edited volume examines the recent transnational emergence of the public memory of slavery, shedding light on the work of memory produced by groups of individuals who are descendants of slaves. The chapters in this book explore how the memory of the enslaved and slavers is shaped and displayed in the public space not only in the former slave societies but also in the regions that provided captives to the former American colonies and European metropoles. Through the analysis of exhibitions, museums, monuments, accounts, and public performances, the volume makes sense of the political stakes involved in the phenomenon of memorialization of slavery and the slave trade in the public sphere.

chapter |11 pages


ByAna Lucia Araujo

part I|144 pages

Slavery and Slave Trade in National Narratives

chapter 1|20 pages

Transnational Memory of Slave Merchants

Making the Perpetrators Visible in the Public Space
ByAna Lucia Araujo

chapter 2|19 pages

Reasons for Silence

Tracing the Legacy of Internal Slavery and Slave Trade in Contemporary Gambia
ByAlice Bellagamba

chapter 3|17 pages

With or Without Roots

Conflicting Memories of Slavery and Indentured Labor in the Mauritian Public Space
ByMathieu Claveyrolas

chapter 4|21 pages

Smoldering Memories and Burning Questions

The Politics of Remembering Sally Bassett and Slavery in Bermuda
ByQuito Swan

chapter 5|14 pages

Making Slavery Visible (Again)

The Nineteenth-Century Roots of a Revisionist Recovery in New England1
ByMargot Minardi

chapter 6|18 pages

Teaching and Commemorating Slavery and Abolition in France

From Organized Forgetfulness to Historical Debates
ByNelly Schmidt

chapter 7|17 pages

Commemorating a Guilty Past

The Politics of Memory in the French Former Slave Trade Cities
ByRenaud Hourcade

chapter 8|16 pages

The Challenge of Memorializing Slavery in North Carolina

The Unsung Founders Memorial and the North Carolina Freedom Monument Project
ByRenée Ater

part II|21 pages

Slavery and Slave Trade in the Museum

chapter 9|19 pages

Museums and Slavery in Britain

The Bicentenary of 1807
ByGeoffrey Cubitt

chapter 10|19 pages

Museums and Sensitive Histories

The International Slavery Museum
ByRichard Benjamin

chapter 11|16 pages

The Art of Memory

São Paulo's AfroBrazil Museum
ByKimberly Cleveland

chapter 12|19 pages

Afro-Brazilian Heritage and Slavery in Rio de Janeiro Community Museums

ByFrancine Saillant, Pedro Simonard

chapter 13|20 pages

Exhibiting Slavery at the New-York Historical Society

ByKathleen Hulser

chapter 14|15 pages

Museums and the Story of Slavery

The Challenge of Language
ByRegina Faden