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This week in the twittersphere, new findings suggest Cudjo Lewis was not the last living survivor of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Published by The New York Times, Sandra Garcia’s, “She Survived a Slave Ship, the Civil War, and the Depression. Her Name Was Redoshi,” highlights historian Hannah Durkin’s research on the subject. Using census records and other sources including the unpublished writings of Zora Neal Hurston, Durkin’s has pieced together the life of a woman named Redoshi, who may have been the last survivor of U.S. slave ships. Read more, here:


Published by PRI’s The World, Rupa Shenoy’s article, “Archivists Race to Digitize Slavery Records before the History is Lost,” highlights the dire conditions of the Sierra Leone Public Archive and the risk of losing unexplored materials on the slave trade despite ongoing digitization efforts. Learn more, here:


Princeton’s Association of Black Seminarians demanded reparations for slavery from the university in the form of scholarships and grants for black students, an expansion of the Black Church Studies Program, and an endowed chair. Published by Philadelphia’s The Inquirer, Kristen E. Holmes details the student organization’s efforts in her work, “Black Students at Princeton Theological Seminary Demand Reparations for School’s Ties to Slavery.” Find it, here:


Scholars interested in the connections between enslavement and the origins of plant and animal collections might find Sam Kean’s article compelling. Published by Science, Kean’s article “Science’s Debt to the Slave Trade,” explores the deeply intertwined relationship between slavery and the scientific fields of botany and entomology. Learn more, here:


Published by The Washington Post, Andrew Van Dam’s article “What Southern Dynasties’ post-Civil War Resurgence Tell Us about How Wealth is Really Handed Down,” explores the recent findings of Leah Boustan, Katherine Eriksson, and Phillipp Ager. Their project examines the intergenerational wealth of former slave owning families in the century following the American Civil War. Find out more, here: