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Biographical Database of Enslaved Africans - see "Life Histories of West Africans in Diaspora" in SHADD

The SHADD :Biography Project: Testimonies of West Africans from the era of the slave trade, focusses on the enforced migration of "Atlantic Africans," that is enslaved Africans in the Atlantic world during the era of the slave trade, through an examination of biographical accounts of individuals born in Africa who were enslaved in the 16th to the 19th century. The focus is on testimony, the voices of Africans. The Project is named for Mary Ann Shadd, abolitionist, Canadian, first woman newspaper editor in North America (Voice of the Fugitive), in recognition of her political and intellectual commitment to the Underground Railroad and resistance to slavery and racialized injustice.

 

 

 

Harriet Tubman

 

 

Muhammad Kaba Saghanughu (c. 1757-1845), Spice Grove, Jamaica  Kitab al-Salat (c. 1820)

 

Muhammad Kaba Saghanughu (c. 1757-1845), Spice Grove, Jamaica

Kitab al-Salat (c. 1820)

 

 

Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua (1850)

A.T. Foss and Edward Mathews, Facts for Baptist Churches (Uthica, N.Y., 1850)

 

Mohammed Ali (Nicholas Said) c. 1863

(Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston)

 

 

Catherine Mulgrave Zimmermann

 

 

Venture Smith Tombestone

 

 

Gustavus Vassa (c. 1745-1797)
Frontpiece, Interesting Narrative, First edition, 1789