Digital Exhibit: Enslaved People in the Southeast

Read the news announcement, and visit the digital exhibit.

From the digital exhibit’s website:

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) announces a new digital exhibit created and curated by the ASERL Special Collections Interest Group. This collaborative online exhibit recognizes the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans sold into bondage in the English Colonies. This date, in 1619, is regarded as the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in North America.

The exhibit documents the history of the enslaved in the Southeast and includes material related to the many varied aspects of enslavement, including paper documents and records as well as images. These provide valuable information about the entire infrastructure and system of enslavement as well as the individual and group experiences of enslaved people. Items submitted include photos, letters, bills of sale, emancipation documents, insurance and taxation documents, and maps indicating segregation zones. The exhibit will also explore the legacies of slavery by including documents and images related to convict lease labor and Jim Crow in the 20th century.

Designed to illustrate the social complexity as well as the economic and human impact of the American ‘peculiar institution,’ in all its ugliness, these materials can guide the researchers in accurately depicting the institution of slavery in the Southeastern United States. The goal is to learn from our past and make our resources available to students, researchers, other institutions, and the public.”

The University of Memphis’ University Libraries Special Collections selected and provided materials contributing to this digital exhibit.

 

In Their Words: The 1968 Sanitation Strike

Don’t miss “In Their Words: The 1968 Sanitation Strike” on display on the 1st and 4th floors of McWherter Library. This exhibit pulls directly from primary sources of people that were involved with the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike that brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis. The collection was assembled and created by the Memphis Search for Meaning Committee, an ad hoc, non-profit committee of volunteers lead by Carol Lynn and David Yellin. The committee worked to collect information in the way of interviews, photographs, and other—newer—media such as television video and audio from radio programs and other media outlets. This collection, and the exhibit that follows, provides a snapshot into this time in Memphis and American history.

 

NEDtalks and Faculty Scholarship Week Exhibition 2017

Join us at Ned R. McWherter Library for NEDtalks, a two-day short-form symposium on Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, from 3 – 5 p.m. in room 226. UofM faculty and graduate students from various fields of study will share their recent research in short presentations designed to engage and entertain. Refreshments will be provided. See a full schedule of speakers below.

NEDtalks is presented in conjunction with the Libraries’ annual Faculty Scholarship Week exhibition, which will be on view in the rotunda of Ned R. McWherter Library beginning at noon on Monday, April 17. To participate in FSW, deliver items to the Circulation desk on the first floor of McWherter Library by Friday, April 14. Please include the following information: the name of your school or department, a list of all items which must be returned and the contact information for the person to whom the items should be returned. For more information, please contact Anna Swearengen at mswrngen@memphis.edu or 678-2744.

Faculty Scholarship Exhibition and NED Talks

 

The Ned McWherter Library FSW coordinators invite innovative and invested faculty and graduate students to participate in the inaugural NEDtalks through short, informative, entertaining presentations!

  • Faculty and graduate students to engage curiosity with brief multidisciplinary talks
  • 15 minutes or fewer, multimedia is talker’s choice
  • April 19 & 20 from 3pm to 5pm at Ned McWherter Library
  • Join us through Google Forms

Need more information? Contact Anna Swearengen.

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