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The Atlantic Black Box Project
BEGIN AGAIN SERIES: Recovering History in New England

Recorded on September 23, 2021

Over 1,740 documented transatlantic slaving voyages were made on vessels constructed and registered in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut -- or having departed from their seaports -- yet New England's connection to the history of slavery remains largely untold. The Atlantic Black Box (www.atlanticblackbox.com) is a grassroots historical recovery project that empowers New England communities to research, reveal, and begin reckoning with the region's complicity in the slave trade and the global economy of enslavement while re-centering the stories of its racially marginalized groups. Meadow Dibble and Kate McMahon discuss how to learn more about the project and how to join the movement to uncover New England’s historical role in the slave trade and the business of slavery, and how to recover stories of the region's Indigenous and African-descended communities.