African Origins display now open at Auburn Avenue Research Library

Published 06-22-2011

East African enslaved people rescued by the British naval ship, HMS Daphne, in 1869. (Image courtesy The National Archives, U.K.)

“Africa’s History in a Name,” an arrangement of slave ship-related materials on display earlier this year at the Woodruff Library, is now open at Auburn Avenue Research Library. The traveling 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 opened June 18 and runs through Oct. 30.

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.