Speaking Names. The Slave Name Roll Project.


Braiding Trees

"Official medallion of the British Anti-Slavery Society (1795)" by Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) and either William Hackwood or Henry Webber; "Josiah Wedgewood...produced the emblem as a jasper-ware cameo at his pottery factory. Although the artist who designed and engraved the seal is unknown, the design for the cameo is attributed to William Hackwood or to Henry Webber, who were both modelers at the Wedgewood factory." (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2h67.html PBS]) - British Abolition Movement. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Official_medallion_of_the_British_Anti-Slavery_Society_(1795).jpg#mediaviewer/File:Official_medallion_of_the_British_Anti-Slavery_Society_(1795).jpg “Official medallion of the British Anti-Slavery Society (1795)” from Wikimedia Commons

My dear friend and West Virginia cousin, Cathy Meder-Dempsey, is a spectacular blogger at Opening Doors in Brick Walls. A recent series of posts (Black History Month: The Slaves of James SIMS: Parts 1, 2, and 3) regarding her ancestor’s participation in the unfortunate institution of slavery has taken wing and given light to another wonderful blogger, Schalene Jennings Dagutis of Tangled Roots and Trees, to create a project that would help researchers with slave ancestors. The Slave Name Roll Project is a crowd-sourced project, and cannot be done by just a few. As researchers are coming across these people who were denied so very much in life, the least we can do is give them back their names, in hopes that their descendants might have a chance at finding them.

True's statement Image used with permission by Cathy…

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