How one online database is retelling the stories of those who escaped from American slavery

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Juneteenth, a day to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people, is just around the corner. We learn how some local venues, including the New Orleans African American Museum, are celebrating the holiday. But equally important to celebrating is learning more about the lives of the enslaved.

University of New Orleans Professor Mary Niall Mitchell tells us about Freedom on the Move, an online database that seeks to document the lives of escaped people through newspaper ads placed by enslavers. We learn more about her research and how a recent grant will help expand this work.

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Source: https://www.wwno.org/show/louisiana-considered/2022-06-16/how-one-online-database-is-retelling-the-stories-of-those-who-escaped-from-american-slavery