“The Slave Route”

The Schomburg Center’s Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery
515 Malcolm X Blvd

A flash display of artifacts, documents, and photographs marking the 20th anniversary of The Slave Route Project, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s worldwide initiative “to break the silence” about the slave trade and slavery. From shackles to a runaway slave advertisement, from letters by Toussaint L’Ouverture and Frederick Douglass to a bill of sale from Peru for an eighteen-year old newly arrived African, these items from our collections trace or symbolize some of the routes taken by Africans in the Americas. To learn more about the slave trade and slavery, please visit:


In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience

The Abolition of the Slave Trade: The Forgotten Story

The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World 

The African Burial Ground

Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery

Unesco’s Slave Route Project

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