African Origins display travels to Auburn Avenue Research Library

Published 06-07-2011

“African Origins: Africa’s History in a Name,” a display of slave ship-related materials at the Woodruff Library last winter, is traveling to Auburn Avenue Research Library. The exhibit features seven panels, including rare photographs of Africans freed from slaving vessels and images of 19th-century log books documenting liberated Africans’ names. The display is in conjunction with the African Origins Portal, an online project that seeks public participation to reconstruct the origins of Africans in the slave trade.

The exhibit will open June 18 at Auburn Avenue Research Library and will be on display through Oct. 30. A  special event will take place Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m., when African Origins team members will give a free presentation. Lead investigator and Emory University professor David Eltis and project manager Nafees Khan will talk about the project, answer questions, and provide a hands-on demonstration with computers to show how the public can assist in identifying the ethno-linguistic and geographical origins of African names on the website.

Auburn Avenue Research Library and the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory Libraries have partnered in various projects. The two libraries currently share a $400,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to process their own collections under the collaborative project “Working for Freedom: Documenting Civil Rights Organizations.” MARBL is processing the Southern Christian Leadership Coalition (SCLC) papers for the project.

For more information, call the Auburn Avenue Research Library at 404-730-4001. The library is located at 101 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta 30303.

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