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Trans Atlantic Slave Names

Race/Related: Speaking Black Dialect in Courtrooms

Thanks so much for providing the information and making the connections, Kenneth. I apologize for my delay. I literally just found your email because I'm reviewing GRAMPS to understand the feasibility of using it for genealogy initiatives. Since we last communicated about tools and strategies, I've been working with several databases including this one: http://www.slavevoyages.org/.

In addition to the extensive data about slave ships, routes and ports, we're blessed with this information: http://www.slavevoyages.org/resources/names-database. The longstanding misperception that we don't know the names of the Africans who were forcibly moved around the world is not true. There are over 91,000 names in this database. In addition, we can now access more digitized records that also list names, even before the Emancipation Proclamation. The Freedman's Bureau and Freedman's Bank have detailed information that helps us understand family structure. 

Many thanks for sharing the title of your dissertation, Marie. It sounds fascinating especially since it's from 1970. We've been struggling with how children 'should' speak in the classroom for too long. There's more evidence now about why we must not dilute culture, including language. 

I look forward to more communication. 

Joanna Grace Farmer
Founder and Director 
Building Community Capacity, LLC
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