From the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the New York Public Library comes “Lest We Forget,” a new interactive web site designed to shed light on the era of abuse and oppression marking the dark days of the Transatlantic slave trade. Compiled by museum curator Howard Dodson, this unique online collection highlights the people and faces of the slave culture–from the enslaved Africans who were taken in chains from their homeland to the brutal slave drivers who grew rich off their willingness to trade human life for money. A virtual collage of photographs, artwork, and historical accounts aims to provide each visitor with a sense of what it was like to live during the era of slavery. The site covers a wide array of topics, from information about the struggle against slavery and its abolition to religion, slave culture, education, and family life. Available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, the web site was created to mark the United Nations General Assembly resolution proclaiming 2004 as the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition.

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